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Lyrics Born, ‘Everywhere at Once’ (Anti-)

A son of the same East Bay scene that spawned DJ Shadow and Blackalicious, Lyrics Born always has balanced a faith in old-school funk with a flair for quippy homilies. Here, he adopts the same wry, level-headed tack whether grappling with shopaholic tendencies or relationship problems, but relegates his gruff, insouciant MC flow to merely another sonic element among the rubbery bass and synth burbles. The result is less an uncommonly danceable indie-rap disc than it is an uncommonly thoughtful groove album.