The record ends with what’s intended to be an epic finale, and there’s one in there somewhere. The slow-burning, achingly melancholic Black Mold has the potential to be truly beautiful, but doesn’t justify scraping the nine-minute mark, especially with the piano-led Discount Assisted Living acting as a prelude. Really, it could achieve the same things in six or even five-and-a-half minutes, without the need for a sagging, uneventful midsection. There’s an argument that the hushed acoustic tones of Baby Blue are perhaps superfluous as well, given that it has little more to add, and Black Mold feels like a more natural ending.
It’s a flawed end to an ultimately flawed release, but it certainly brings some rewards even though it isn’t the most immediate listen, and they aren't always in plain sight.
For fans of: PUP, Can’t Swim, The Dirty Nil
Prince Daddy & The Hyena is released on April 15 via Pure Noise