The thing with the independent scene is that it enables every emcee with a desire to rhyme, the option to do so. Illogic, an emcee from Ohio in 1999 decided to enter this realm. His highly praised and successful "Unforseen Shadows" helped propel Weightless Recordings' notoriety, as Illogic and Bueprint took the scene by storm.
In 2004, illogic dropped Celestial Clockwork." The most noticeable difference between artists like illogic and the industry's most popular peon today (50 something) is that this man truly makes music to say something. His words aren't simply one syllable so that we can all sing along, and he actually has concepts!
Pleasantly intertwining nicely chosen samples from poignant film dialogue with carefully composed material, Illogic delivers a variety of tracks well worth paying true attention to. The poetry in motion put forth here is definitely a welcomed feature amongst what we're used to witnessing. Illogic's problem though is that his voice isn't particularly gripping. Sure, he can flow, and his lyrics are brilliant, but his voice fails to grip the attention when the beats behind him seem to simply allow him to ride above them.
The best exception of this is within "First Trimester," illogic depicts a vivid tale of what the title implies it may over a sinister feeling beat. It fits his voice excellently and allows his tone to emerge befittingly.
"Celestial Clockwork" has depth and features nice production. There are a variety of beautifully executed concepts and the lyrics performed are brilliant, my main complaint which ends up ruining my listening experience is that Illogic's voice fails to pull me into his words.