For Hero: For Fool

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For Hero: For Fool
Studio album by
Released October 3, 2006 (2006-10-03)
Genre Hip hop
Length 51:09
Label Lex Records
Producer Subtle
Subtle chronology
A New White
For Hero: For Fool
Exiting Arm
Singles from For Hero: For Fool
  1. "The Mercury Craze"
    Released: 2006 (2006)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 8.0/10[3]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[4]
Stylus Magazine B+[5]

For Hero: For Fool is the second studio album by American hip hop sextet Subtle. It was released on Lex Records in 2006. "The Mercury Craze" was released as a single from the album.[6]

Critical reception

At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 85% based on 14 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[1]

Marisa Brown of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, describing it as "a complex, innovative, sometimes bizarre, and usually utterly confusing journey into the minds of lyricist Doseone and his five bandmates."[2] Neal Hayes of PopMatters gave the album 7 stars out of 10, saying, "the Oakland-based group presents a futuristic musical vision that is vivid, unsettling, and, above all, distinctive."[4]

OC Weekly included it on the "Album Covers of the Year" list.[7]

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "A Tale of Apes I" 3:18
2. "A Tale of Apes II" 2:13
3. "Middleclass Stomp" 4:14
4. "Middleclass Kill" 4:36
5. "Midas Gutz" 2:37
6. "Nomanisisland" 4:20
7. "The Mercury Craze" 4:40
8. "Bed to the Bills" 4:50
9. "Return of the Vein" 4:11
10. "Call to Dive" 7:08
11. "The Ends" 8:57


Credits adapted from liner notes.


  • Dax Pierson – vocals, harmonica
  • Alexander Kort – electric cello, acoustic cello, electric bass, acoustic bass
  • Jordan Dalrymple – drums, guitar, synthesizer, vocals
  • Jeffrey "Jel" Logan – drum machine
  • Marty Kalani Dowers – woodwinds, synthesizer
  • Adam "Doseone" Drucker – words, vocals, treatment, artwork

Technical personnel

  • Subtle – recording
  • Tony Espinoza – mixing


  1. ^ a b "For Hero: For Fool by Subtle". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Brown, Marisa. "For Hero: For Fool - Subtle". AllMusic. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  3. ^ Dahlen, Chris (October 5, 2006). "Subtle - for hero: for fool". Pitchfork. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Hayes, Neal (October 3, 2006). "Subtle: For Hero: For Fool". PopMatters. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  5. ^ Rosenberg, Tal (December 15, 2006). "Subtle - For Hero: For Fool". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on June 4, 2011. Retrieved December 3, 2014.
  6. ^ "The Mercury Craze - Digital". Lex Records. Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Ferguson, Kevin (December 28, 2006). "Album Covers Of The Year 2006". OC Weekly. Retrieved December 3, 2014.

External links

  • For Hero: For Fool at Discogs (list of releases)
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