Friday, April 1, 2011

Lupe Fiasco

Add Date: March 29

Artist: Lupe Fiasco

Album: Lasers

Label: Atlantic

Genre: Hip hop

Comments: Lupe Fiasco returns after four years with his latest album, Lasers. Each track sounds precise and well-produced, and Lupe is clearly a skilled MC and a thoughtful lyricist, but the overall ambiance--heavy beats, electro and pop references, guitars, and choruses--is less exciting than what you would expect from the Chicago artist (remember The Cool?).

But more disappointing than the generally creatively-lethargic tone of the album as a whole is the lack of cohesion in the tracks. There's a mix of refreshing songs ("Till I Get There"), solid tracks that could have been awesome save the dramatic autotuned choruses ("I Don't Wanna Care Right Now"), overblown hard rock-inspired tunes ("Words I Never Said" and "State Run Radio"), and radio-friendly tracks (track 5, ft. Trey Songz), etc. A standout, personally, is Lupe's remake of Modest Mouse's "Float On", titled "The Show Goes On", which deviates from the electronic and pop-influenced tone of many of the other tracks and instead brings in a bright beat and horns.

Lasers isn't bad by any means, but it's more "meh" than you'd like it to be--Lupe (according to MTV) even told Complex that he was "kinda neutral" about many of the tracks, and that's the general feeling I had by the end of the record. (With that said, I know very, very little about hip hop, so feel free to tell me I'm wrong...) Start with tracks 3, 6 and 11.

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