- Album Review: NehruvianDOOM - NehruvianDOOM
This album manages to stay consistent through all its offerings.
If albums today were judged solely on sonic innovation or groundbreaking compositional techniques then most commercially released music would fail to meet the minimum requirements. The self-titled album NehruvianDOOM seeks to blend the old with the new school in the odd pair coupling of newcomer Bishop Nehru and veteran DOOM.
The album has a very old school feel to it and seems to take the listener back to the golden years of the likes of ‘A Tribe Called Quest’. With DOOM handling the bulk of the production work, the album has a solid base and never seems to steer off course. Vocal skits from movies, a trademark production technique of DOOM’s, are scattered throughout the album and the unorthodox high-pitched vocals (‘Om’ and ‘Darkness’) seem to establish a consistent theme. However we’re offered nothing in terms of guest features.
Since DOOM produced every single song on the album, Bishop Nehru takes on the lion’s share of vocal performances. He makes light work of the assignment with witty wordplay such as “Not from a golden state, but still a self-acclaimed warrior” (‘Coming for you’) in reference to the NBA basketball team Golden State Warriors.
The song ‘Caskets’ begins with a vocal skit stating, “Young man, young blood, but he’s got a lot to learn about survival and the man he’s going to learn from is DOOM!” A rap from DOOM follows the skit. Another vocal sample stating “Bishop” reintroduces Bishop Nehru back into the fray. It’s on this song that Nehru offers his most energetic and refined performance. The song finishes with a melody change and another vocal skit, and this time it’s NY Times bestselling author and self proclaimed spiritual channel Esther Hicks.
In conclusion, this album manages to stay consistent through all its offerings. Nehru’s energy never seems to wane, the production remains consistent, and in many instances showing signs of brilliance. The only fault present is the lack of rap performances from DOOM. On the flipside, by pouring all of his energy into producing we got to listen to one of his finest works to date. For an album that is essentially the outcome of a 14-year-old schoolboy’s dream, NehruvianDOOM manages to hit all the key points. “I was in the back of the class and I wrote down a gold list, and getting DOOM to do a project with me was one of the things. And I got it done.” [Vlad TV, 2014]