They say patience is the companion of wisdom, but the scenic route this album took to hit stores was beginning to look plain stupid. The L.A. duo of Substance Abuse has been whispered about for years now, and with the original release of Overproof scheduled for last summer, they had momentum going for them. But a loyal following among the blogging masses has carried them in hopes of a badly needed true-school album that doesn't sound antique. SA starts shaky with a molasses-paced first single, 'Night on the Town,â?� but things get very interesting, as they usually do, when MF Doom comes to the party. The Godard-like breathlessness of 'Profitless Thoughtsâ?� is a wonder of bicoastal alchemy, blending utterly real lyrics with an early-'90s jam one only wishes actually existed back then. Later, the woozy misery of 'The Sicknessâ?� even gives us our next-morning soundtrack. Substance Abuse triumphs from the long delay and forgo nostalgic fetishism for a confessional, often incongruous and ultimately thrilling release.