A Badly Broken Code

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A Badly Broken Code
Dessa A Badly Broken Code cover.jpg
Studio album by Dessa
Released January 19, 2010 (2010-01-19)
Genre Hip hop, alternative hip hop
Length 47:19
Label Doomtree
Producer MK Larada, Dessa, Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, Paper Tiger, Big Jess, Andrew 'Ronin' Lucas
Dessa chronology
False Hopes
(2005)
A Badly Broken Code
(2010)
Castor, the Twin
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The A.V. Club A−[1]
Robert Christgau A−[2]
HipHopDX 4/5[3]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4/5 stars[4]

A Badly Broken Code is the first studio album by Dessa, a member of Minneapolis indie hip hop collective Doomtree. It was released on Doomtree in 2010.

The album title comes from a line in the poem "Nostalgia" by American poet Billy Collins.[5]

Reception[edit]

Jakob Dorof of Tiny Mix Tapes gave A Badly Broken Code 4 stars out of 5.[4] He said, "[the] result is likely one of the best hip-hop songs you’ll hear this year, let alone from the rare type of MC that manages to be white, female, and supremely talented all in one."[4]

The A.V. Club named A Badly Broken Code the 20th best album of 2010.[6] In 2010, it was listed by City Pages as the "Best Local Album of the Past 12 Months".[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Children's Work" MK Larada 3:12
2. "Poor Atlas" Dessa 1:38
3. "The Crow" Lazerbeak 3:38
4. "Dixon's Girl" MK Larada 2:43
5. "Mineshaft II" Cecil Otter 3:41
6. "The Chaconne" (featuring Matthew Santos) Paper Tiger 4:42
7. "Matches to Paper Dolls" Big Jess 3:31
8. "Go Home" Paper Tiger 3:32
9. "Seamstress" MK Larada 3:59
10. "Dutch" Lazerbeak 3:20
11. "The Bullpen" Paper Tiger 2:36
12. "Momento Mori" MK Larada, Dessa 2:18
13. "Crew" Paper Tiger 2:56
14. "Alibi" Paper Tiger 3:03
15. "Into the Spin" Andrew 'Ronin' Lucas, Dessa 2:35

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[8] 48
Rap Albums[9] 22
Heatseekers Albums[10] 13

References[edit]

  1. ^ Koski, Genevieve (February 23, 2010). "Dessa: A Badly Broken Code". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Dessa". Robert Christgau. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  3. ^ Tardio, Andres (February 1, 2010). "Dessa - A Badly Broken Code". HipHopDX. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Dorof, Jakob. "Dessa - A Badly Broken Code". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  5. ^ Walsh, Makena (March 29, 2011). "Breaking The Code: A Q&A With Indie Rap Songstress Dessa". The Creators Project. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  6. ^ "The best music of 2010". The A.V. Club. December 8, 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  7. ^ "A Badly Broken Code by Dessa - Best Local Album of the Past 12 Months". City Pages. 2010. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Dessa - Chart history - Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Dessa - Chart history - Rap Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Dessa - Chart history - Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2016. 

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