On 2002's Tall, Dark and Handcuffed, Cex ditched his previous two albums' glitchy IDM for hip-hop, with dire results. Being Ridden continues Cex's infatuation with rapping, but this time he's come with better tracks that embrace acoustic folk, nerdy indie rock, laptop accents, flashy hip-hop beats, and Dre-style G-funk synths. The fresh combo of introversion and extroversion may not charm purists at The Source, but it could nudge some IDM shut-ins to explore hip-hop's brasher pleasures. Cex's rapping still ain't fly, though, so the concurrently released Being Ridden Instrumentals disc may be a better bet.
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