Consumer Guide Album
The Daisy Age [Koko, 2018]
A gimme waiting to happen, which with Spotify-etc. playlists having killed the commercial compilation wasn't a gimme at all, this Bob Stanley-compiled romp is irresistible from its De La Soul Is Dead opener to the three nonhits that bring it to a soft landing. The only Native Tongues also-rans missing from the CD are Fu-Schnickens, whose "What's Up Doc" does show up on the vinyl version and whose "Sum Dum Munkey" might easily have grabbed the baton from "Mistadobalina" and "Doowutchyalike" on its way to a world speed record--only to land in the pillow of giggles that floats KMD's "Peachfuzz." If you're old enough, recall the naive early-'90s moment when young rappers from Nassau County and so forth were so brave they considered mellow and humorous a righteous path as well as a commercial ploy. If you're still dreading 30, listen and marvel that times were ever so good.