Sunday, March 20, 2011

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers (2011) – Review

Lupe Fiasco – Lasers
Lupe Fiasco’s third album (and long delayed) combines electro-pop beats with socially relevant and hopeful lyrics. There is definitely a commercial sound to the music, but it does not sound like everything else – which is greatly helped by Lupe Fiasco’s thoughtful and meaningful lyrics (sadly, an oddity among most commercial hip hop artists). While the music is more poppy than straight hip hop, the lyrist exhibits his fantastic flow over the array of electro infused anthems and fun songs. The album features work from many lesser known artists and producers, which gives it a fresh feel. Among the better known featured artists and producers are Trey Songz, John Legend, Alex da Kid, Kane Beatz, and Needlz. The two bonus tracks (the previously released singles) I’m Beaming and Shining Down are produced by The Neptunes and (frequent collaborator) Soundtrakk respectively, the latter featuring Matthew Santos who was also featured on Lupe’s biggest hit (Superstar). However, it is the guest appearances by Eric Turner, MDMA and Skylar Grey (Alex da Kid’s heavily promoted artist) that shine. The album’s two singles are both solid, but I personally prefer the musical accompaniment and politically charged lyrics of Words I Never Said to the more anthem sounding The Show Goes On. Overall, Lasers has a lot to like and is good for many spins, but Lupe Fiasco has the potential and certainly the lyrical skill to put out an amazing album and this is not it. 3/5

Editor’s Song Picks:
1)      Words I Never Said – Featuring Skylar Grey, produced by Alex da Kid
2)      I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now – Featuring MDMA, produced by The Audibles
3)      Break the Chain – Featuring Eric Turner and Sway, produced by iSHi
Available on CD and Digital Download

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