Verbal

The Idiot Savant (MySpace.com/VerbalOfSpittinImage)

Verbal hip-hop Spittin Image Verbal CD-release party, Saturday, March 29, at Touch Supper Club.

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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