In the words of the patient presented here: "It is fucked up when you get no ass."
On October 21, 1997, after the album had received a fair amount of critical praise, Tommy Boy Records had the stones to re-release Psychoanalysis in an extended form, with more "skit-style" tracks to be enjoyed, dissected, and generally weirded out by, although it is missing "The Bitch Blues", which isn't that much of a loss. The re-release also features a Very Special Guest.
1. WHY MUST YOU HATE ME
Serves as the de facto "rap album intro" that was missing before.
2. BEAUTIFUL NIGHT (MANIC PSYCHOPATH)
3. OPEN YOUR MOUTH (HYPOTHALAMUS)
4. INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOANALYSIS (SCHIZOPHRENIA)
5. YOU MADE ME (A.K.C.)
6. VEXUAL HEALING (VACILLATION)
7. TO GET A GUN
8. J.O.B. - DAS WHAT DEY IS!
9. THE WORLD'S A STAGE (A DRAMADY)
10. BOOTY CLAP
11. DRINKS (ESCAPISM)
12. DIME PIECES
An interesting old-school parody, albeit one that gets really morbid near the end.
13. IN YOUR MIND (ALTERD STATES)
14. 2 B BLUNT (A TRUE STORY)
This song may help explain Paul's mindstate while he made the album (both versions of it).
15. PSYCHO LINGUISTICS (CONVERGENT THOUGHT)
16. THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT? (AVERSIVE CONDITIONING)
17. OUTRODUCTION TO DIAGNOSIS PSYCHOSIS
18. BEAUTIFUL NIGHT (AUTOMATOR REMIX)
This would be the aforementioned guest. The idea of the original track is preserved, but Dan Nakamura's backdrop gives it a new, even more horrific backdrop for you to imagine. Great fucking remix.
FINAL THOUGHTS: Psychoanalysis is, by far, the strangest, scariest, funniest, and least accessible hip hop album that I have reviewed in the past hour. Fans of Paul's production work may even be turned off by what is essentially an album-length skit with no known rappers to speak of. However, I like it, but it's not like I bump this in my car or anything.
BUY OR BURN? Depends on your level of interest in Paul Huston. If you're not a fan of the first three De La Soul albums, then you should probably stay away; Paul has released more accessible albums that you would enjoy. However, for fans of the creative process, and for those who like to know what makes a man tick, then you should be able to find this album with little to no problem. I would recommend the re-release, though, off of the strength of the Automator remix.
BEST TRACKS: "Beautiful Night (Automator Remix)"; "In Your Mind (Altered States)"