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The Idiot Savant (MySpace.com/VerbalOfSpittinImage)

While Spittin Image fans wait for the group's next record, this solo joint by member Verbal oughta do the trick. Produced by local powerhouse duo the Kickdrums, the sample-heavy Idiot Savant sounds great (check out the awesome Cure hook in "Ice Princess"). Verbal's gravelly flow is refreshingly distinctive, shining on cuts like "Don't Say a Word" and "Manifest Destiny." But he's overshadowed by the terrific Kickdrums throughout. After listening to the album, you'll be pining for a CD of their instrumental versions.

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