Eryk Moore | Beyond the Stage

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Beyond the Stage

by Eryk Moore

Spoken word and poetry with a hip hop feel. Influenced and Inspired by life in urban america.
Genre: Spoken Word: With Music
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1. Beyond the Stage
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2. Church
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4:27 album only
3. Goodbye Lie Lullabye
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3:02 album only
4. Msundastood
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3:44 album only
5. Passion Fruit
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2:46 album only
6. Who
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7. Haunted
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8. Jeckyl's Hyde
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9. Homemade Bombs
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10. Devil's Advocate (feat. Nabraska & Mannie the Poet)
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11. Math
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12. Easy
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13. Make It To Heaven (feat. Lyriq)
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14. Slam
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15. Beautiful
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16. Fruit Cocktail
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17. The End of the Beginning
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18. Goodbye Lie Lullabye (Remix)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Eryk Moore Takes Listeners "Beyond the Stage"
by Ayanna G.
 
(A Hip-Hop Infused Spoken Word Diary...)
Lots of spoken word artists here in Atlanta catch a bad rap for being too "earthy" or "militant." But there are few artists whose work fans can say actually evolve over time. Eryk Moore, a New York transplant to the Atlanta entertainment scene, does
more than wax poetic on his latest CD, Beyond the Stage. I have heard my fair share of poets and spoken word artists over the years, and wasn't quite sure what the album would offer my ears. But upon pressing PLAY, I was immediately transported into Moore's lyrical world...

Beyond the Stage...

It's hard not to become drawn into the first track, aptly named, "Beyond the Stage." Moore appears to read a bit of his mental diary over the soulful horns from James Brown sample "King Heroin." But as soon as "Church" begins (the 2nd track), it is quite evident that his dedication to authentic hip-hop is quite solid. Amongst looped choir vocals and Bahamadia samples, Eryk Moore's lyrics tumble out of his mouth like verses from a hip-hop Bible. But just as I got comfortable nodding my head, the music ceased—and his words were punctuated by the silence that one would expect when visiting an incense-filled coffeehouse ("Goodbye Lie Lullabye".) On any other CD, these silent breaks between songs might seem trite. But on Beyond the Stage I realized that the silence is necessary to really appreciate Moore's storytelling ability.

But getting back to the music...

Long story short: "Msundastood" made me want to dance from the first 16 bars. Moore states in this track that "16 bars don't make a hot song." And he's right. But in this case the remaining bars are just as enticing as the first.

He draws upon theatrical pop culture by cleverly inserting one of the most famous quotes from epic film, 300 into his piece titled "Who." The machismo offered by many male spoken word artists seems eclipsed by the aggressive, yet competent lyrics of this track. Is Eryk Moore the greatest lyricist of all time? Maybe, maybe not; but this song just might convince you otherwise.

"Jeckyl's Hyde" invokes the artist's sensitive side (with help from producer Danielle Reed and a Lenny Kravitz sample from the Are You Gonna Go My Way album.) But on this song, Moore intelligently eschews sappiness in favor of frank dialogue.

Other Mentionables...

Many spoken word artists are known for delving into sexual territory in their pieces. Moore is no different in that regard. But instead of heaping on a pile of explicit descriptions, he incorporates a conversational tone that makes a lady think he's talking directly to her and only her ("Easy.")

Listen to this CD and you'll appreciate the sprinkling of feminine energy on tracks like "Make it to Heaven" just as much as you'll enjoy the rock-tinged "Slam", a song that showcases the wordplay that Eryk Moore is known for.

In perusing this album, I felt that I was privy to the private thoughts that many famous hip-hop artists are afraid to reveal on their CDs. Spoken word artists come a dime a dozen. Many of them are good. Some are really good. But there are very few who offer projects that are as musically solid and lyrically diverse as Beyond the Stage. Moore's "ménage a' trios with rhythm and blues" is quite evident on this album. It takes more than just a few well-placed rhymes to create a good spoken word project; of that, this album is proof.



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Mannie The Poet

Must Buy
Beyond the Stage is more then just a CD with poems, this is a CD with feelings that takes you on an emotional roller coaster and asking the question what would you do with your life. Eryk Moore answers that question with Beyond The Stage... It is rare to see a spoken word album constructed with a hip hop, R &B, and Neo Soul feel to it, well again Beyond The Stage is that. Most def get this CD... Support independent artist... and remember poetry its a lifestyle not a hobby!!!

LADY FLAVA

Rating: 10 Flava Snaps
As you take the journey with this powerful spoken word artist, the delivery of his words grabs your attention while drawing you into his embrace of wordly magic around real life situations. Eyrk Moore is an artist I have know for a few years and no matter the piece nor the subject or even the number of times I may have heard a piece performed before...I feel, I feel the depths of life described at that moment.

When receiving the honor to be asked to review Beyond The Stage...I sat in the quiet of my office and closed my eyes to give it my full attention. Eryk addresses many topics from perception to interpretation of many everyday situations that we too may have experience from the good the bad and the ugly of the world that surrounds us.

From the solo pieces to the collaborations with other amazing talents such as his dear friends Nabraska, Mannie the Poet and LyriQ...it will take you into a very professional, well thought through and produced piece of art called "Beyond The Stage." If you are all ready a fan of spoken word you will truly appreciate this CD but if you are new to this art form...this is a great opportunity to experience spoken word at it's BEST.

This is a fine piece of art Eyrk Moore. I wish you much success from the sales of this CD to God opening the doors for people from around the world to experience your flava.

Lady Flava
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Champ ThePoet

Masterpiece
My fellow poet gave us a jewel. The music laid out behind the powerful words is just a bonus for the fans. Eryk Moore
gave us 18 tracks of non stop verbiage. The imagery portrayed in this epic cd is just phenomenal. I highly suggest you
make the purchase and you can hear this masterpiece for yourself. Well done brother - Champ ThePoet

NILE ( WWW.WRITEONINK.COM)

E MOORE BEYOND THE STAGE
LISTEN I LOVE POETRY, HAVE NEVER GOTTEN INTO THE WHOLE SPOKEN WORD SCENE.....BUT THIS RIGHT HERE, THIS RIGHT HERE FAM,....IT IS POETRY!!!! IT IS HIP HOP. IT IS R & B. IT IS ALL THESE THINGS MIXED UP TOGETHER TO GIVE YOU SOMETHING BEYOND SPOKEN WORD!!!! BEYOND EXPECTATIONS!!!! BEYOND THE STAGE!!! IT TOOK ME THERE AND DID NOT LEAVE ME VOID. IF YOU WANT TO FALL IN LOVE WITH THE SPOKEN WORD AGAIN OR FOR THE FIRST TIME. PICK THIS UP AND HOLD ON TIGHT.

Paradyme

Beyond The Stage is Classic.
Mr. Moore sets a unbelievably high bar with Beyond The Stage. Each track pulls you deeper into this mans soul and grips you there. Filled with raw emotions, there is honesty in this wonderfully produced collection. Eryk Moore truly gives you a glimpse into who he is. Beyond the stage speaks to men as well as women in a beautifully personal way that is reminiscent of old school hip hop. Buy Beyond The Stage it gives you back what music is losing; the lyricism, the heart and the soul.

"I am the second coming of the first poet that you ever fell in love with" Eryk Moore "Church" - That he is!