By Jeremy Hallock
By James Khubiar
By Observer Staff
By Kelly Dearmore
By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
Oak Cliff rapper and producer Dustin Cavazos' 2010 full-length, I Think In The Shower, I Dream On My Bike, was pegged as an honest reflection of his adolescence and a personal take on overcoming adversity. His follow-up LP, Be.Leave.Me, doesn't stray far from that vulnerability. This time around, his confessional prose is injected over melodic synths, hip-hop beats and hooky rock melodies.
But though Cavazos remains unabashed with the transparent lyrical content he spews atop his soundscapes, this latest effort falls rather flat. Opening track "Hallelujah (Gloria Dios)" opens with Cavazos' familiar synths — think Julee Cruise's "Falling," better known as the Twin Peaks intro song — but the airy attempt is short-lived. Not 20 seconds later, the tone is broken by sharp, electronic tones, losing the intriguing direction in which it was initially headed.
Overall, each track on the album is delivered with high enough intensity, and the album walks a fine line between genuine reflection and self-indulgence, albeit in a hopeful tone. The peak of such hope is clear in "We've Already Met," full of encouraging chants, tinkering piano and a soaring guitar solo. Problem is, as with most of the album, the song mostly sounds like it belongs in a praise and worship jam session.
This person didn't listen to the album let Alone has she seen the dude live. I'm disappointed with this official review. I thought the Observer stood for something better
Downes may have written the article, but her opinion carries little importance on this subject. Be.Leave.Me is kickass. Keep doin your thangg Dustin!
I love that Dustin keeps it real, and to be honest its some of the best music ive EVER heard.Hard to find now-a-days, I hate that alot of music now is hoes money,clothes,jewelry& drugs. Materialistic BS, that's not wut important in this life. Dustin always keep it real homie--1 of ur biggest fansMoNi
Seeing as Catherine Downes has written other articles on topics such as, "The "Meat and Potatoes" at Macho Nacho Left Us Too Soon," "Revolving Doors: Summer Cooks Up Some New Eateries" and "Herrera's Mexican Cafe Opens New Location on Fitzhugh," I think its safe to say that this lady is more familiar with writing on how she shoves food down her throat than writing about music. I would love to read a review on the Be.Leave.Me. album from a writer with actual credibility, it seems like she listened to the first song, skimmed to a different song, and then listened to the last song. Catherine Downes, do us all a favor and stick to writing about the local eateries, please don't write about music.
I think Be.Leave.Me. is one of the most genuine and heartfelt pieces of music to come out of not only Oak Cliff, but underground hip hop culture as a whole. Instead of just going on about the same regurgitated themes reused over and over, as the comment below points out, Cavazos speaks from the heart, and his respect for the man upstairs comes through in the album because that is a part of who he is. No offense to Catherine, but the final sentence of this review is bound to divert some people who will now unfairly type-cast Dustin Cavazos's music as mostly "praise and worship". I took away much more from this album, and it has given me insight into the life and soul of a young artist who has a bright future ahead of him. To all those interested in witnessing the metamorphosis of a very talented music maker, keep an eye on Dustin Cavazos. Of course, Be.Leave.Me. is far from perfect, but I didn't hear enough "praise and worship" to constitute problem.
Dustin maybe if you were like all the lame rappers that talk about money cars and hoes this guy would have given your album a better review. Cmon dude he talks about his personal life and Jesus is part of his life. Unlike all these other wannabes in oak cliff that rap about stuff they dont even have.