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This UK emcee longs deeply for yesterday, but it's his solid production that gives Timepiece any chance of burn today.

No one wants to be lectured at by a guy with a fake mustache. But that's what happens when you listen to UK rapper Baron Von Alias' debut, Timepiece, at least part of the time. Another part of the time you will hear the Baron claim he is a time-traveler from the 19th century. Do those two personalities seem at all congruous? They are not. The Baron can't decide whether he wants to teach the youth of today about the ills of modern music and the joys of the old school or be the world's first Steam-Punk emcee, bending time and space with his magic pocket watch. Neither persona is particularly interesting. But the Baron does succeed on the rare tracks where he puts down the patronizing lesson plan and/or the ironic dandy persona and rhymes about life in this century. But those moments are few and far between. Luckily for the listener, this record is bursting with amazing production even on songs where the Baron's lyrics are far from stellar.

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