The Dream Time Machine
Label: Kid Cudi rock album
Kid Cudi's WZRD collaboration with producer Dot Da Genius is billed as a "rock" album. Yet save for a few guitar flourishes, particularly on "High Off Life," it sounds like Cudi's usual material, from slow and ponderous tempos to half-rapped/half-sung chants that he speaks slowly and dramatically as if they are major insights. He often wavers between innovation and pretentiousness, yet much of WZRD hits a happy medium, and a few of the tracks, like "The Dream Time Machine" and "Teleport 2 Me, Jamie," are standouts.