Dessa has earned praise for her range as a thoughtful songwriter, a fierce emcee, and a singer with an expressive alto voice. As a member of Doomtree, her work has attracted a ferociously dedicated fan base, held the 1 spot with CMJ, and appeared on Billboard’s Heatseeker’s charts. A Badly Broken Code is Dessa’s eagerly anticipated full-length album. Doomtree producers Paper Tiger, MK Larada, Cecil Otter, and Lazerbeak all contribute beats to the album. “The Chaconne” is pensive and beautiful, with piano, violin, and guest vocals by Grammy-nominated Matthew Santos. “Dixon’s Girl” sounds like a French cabaret, with shuffling drums and sultry refrains. “The Crow” (on which P.O.S sings back-up vocals) is comprised of aggressive drums, distant organ melodies, and punctuated by haunting sung choruses. “Poor Atlas,” an entirely a cappella arrangement, layers old-world harmonies to tell the story of a woman who attempts to improve upon the human design, building a body from balsa and ash. The varied sound pallet of A Badly Broken Code is unified by Dessa’s inimitable style as a lyricist. Tenderness, wit, and poetic sensibility define her songwriting and every track on her full length reaffirms her position as one of the most capable lyricists in underground hip hop.
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