Lyfe Jennings – Lucid album reviewWritten by Martini Rox | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It has been a few years since our native son and national R&B/Soul artist and songwriter Lyfe Jennings has released an album. This highly anticipated album titled Lucid does not disappoint, released October 8th with 10 consistent tracks about life, love and lessons. His innate ability to expound upon his own experiences in song form is refreshing. Never one to go for the popular ways that heartbreak and joy are expressed Lyfe (as always) keeps it real by being brutally honest and forthcoming about his feelings. His approach is what we should expect from today’s artists, for it is what made yesterday’s artists legendary.
Inspired by the album’s message, Jennings’ vocal and music arrangements lead me to the conclusion that Lucid is definitely worthy of a track-by-track review.
“I am.” His soulful opening is a declaration of encouragement and affirmation on a positive thought process about oneself. This song has an easy ride-along beat with signature soulful background vocals, making it the perfect opening track.
Boomerang- Lucid’s first official radio single gives you Lyfe’s perspective on the age-old thought process about karma and the unforgiving consequences. The chorus, “Don’t break a woman’s heart it’s like throwing a boomerang it’ll come right back to you again,” says it all.
“I wish.” Honest feelings about a breakup can be viewed as comical as he opens, explaining how couples break up and wish each other the best, knowing they really don’t mean it. He goes on to wish the girl “nothing but bad luck, hope you get hit by a truck and die.”
“College.” Learning a woman is a daily lesson, describing all he has learned about his woman while letting the listener know how to do the same. His advice to his fellow man is priceless information in the form of a beautiful piano lead track with a light beat accompanied by finger snaps.
“Rock.” A song about love and devotion, with a nice, feel-good, groove that you cannot help but rock to.
“ABC’s.” This track features his sons Phoenix and Elijah Jennings. Lyfe cleverly goes through the ABC’s describing his love for his sons who appear on the hook, sweetly singing “Next time wont you sing with me.”
“17 to a million.” A duet I can hear being played at weddings for years to come because growing old with your mate can be a beautiful experience. I love this song because it romantically declares devotion to years of learning and loving someone whether they are “17 or a million.”
“When it’s Good.” This song with just piano and vocals gets straight to the point. “When it’s bad it’s bad, but when it’s good it’s really, really good.” A very relatable relationship track about the ups, downs and mistakes often made when it’s bad, but mainly focusing on forgiveness, understanding and love in order to make it good.
“Famous.” Up tempo like “Boomerang” has Lyfe singing about the desires of many young girls going out at night, craving attention. This cautionary track warns guys about the false intentions of women that pretend to be interested in a man when it’s really the attention, money and fame they are attracted to. “She just wants to be famous, for one night.” He sweetly sings on the chorus, giving what seems to be a personal perspective about what he has undoubtedly encountered in his music career.
“Winner.” “Everybody loves a winner it makes us feel like we’re winners too.” This cannot help but sound like a personal account of experiences within his own success and knowing Lyfe’s music and message, it is. An inspirational closing of a well-put-together album that is definitely a winner.
An album filled with beautiful vocals and original lyrical content with production to match, Lucid is on sale now in stores and online. Do yourself a favor and purchase it.
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