August 7, 2012
Right, time to get back in the old reviewing saddle methinks. This week I’m reviewing and absolute cracker of an album that has been keeping me company on the stall: Everywhere At Once by Lyrics Born.
I almost don’t know where to start with this album. I’ve had almost every song off it stuck in my head for the past week. I guess I’ll start with some background. Currently signed to ANTI-, Lyrics Born (formerly Asia Born) has worked with many of the most influential people in Hip Hop today. He’s appeared with Gift of Gab, DJ Shadow and Charlie 2na to name but a few, and that’s just guest appearances on his albums!
Now on to the album, Everywhere At Once has a distinctly retro feel to it. Taking a lot of cues from 90s R&B, Lyric Born manages to produce a funky and soulful collection of songs. This is especially evident in tracks like “Differences” or “The World is Calling”. Lyrically, he likes to keep it fairly light, there’s bags of humour in there, which only makes the more introspective moments so much more poignant. The track “Whispers” about the death of a friend is a real tear jerker and especially with the following track “I Can’t Decide” shows that, whilst he clearly knows how to make a serious statement, he doesn’t feel like he has to get bogged down in it.
Everywhere At Once is well worth a listen in my opinion. It’s uplifting and humourous whilst never comprimising artistic integrity. It’s never been far from my playlists in the past week or so and I suggest you give it a go! How about a wee taster for you, have a listen to this…