Lights- Little Machines
Sep 29, 2014
RIYL- Mumford and Sons, Fleet Foxes
Track 6- A Moment’s Grace
Track 8- Back Down the Black
Boy and Bear have been dubbed as the Australian Mumford and Son’s. Upon first listen, every amateur music listener would probably think the same thing. After listening through the album a few more times, you’ll be able to tell the two bands apart and recognize their unique sound.
Their sophomore album topped the charts in Australia, and for good reason. Every song on this album tells a story. The work as a whole gives off a warm, fuzzy sound. There are times throughout the album when you can just feel the pressure building. I found myself waiting for the band to explode into heavier rock riffs but as soon as this anticipation builds up, it dies back down again. In some cases, this would be bad for a band, but I think in the case of Boy and Bear, it works quite nicely. On “Back Down the Black,” the lyrics describe a sort of struggle with what I’m guessing to be drugs. The lead singer describes what it’s like to be scared for someone you love. “There'll be change 'cause this one's too big not to see, but brother you're scared and I'm scared when you're scared 'Cause you ain't supposed to be.”
Its witty lyrics like this that make the album worth listening to. Although it may seem, instrumentally, that the album may drag on, the wordplay and lyrics are what distinguish this album as a success and not a failure.
RIYL – Childish Gambino, Drake (Take Care) , LL Cool J
Track 3 - Dreamer
Track 6 - Gone
Track 10 - Lion’s Den
As a hip-hop artist, writer, and co-creator of Morburn, the Montreal MC L.E.S.’ complex lyricism flows well with the combination of southern bounce and rap. After emerging on the scene in 2008, L.E.S. gives more than what you can expect out of an artist.
The laidback feel and smooth flow of “Dreamer” and “Gone” are the Drake songs of the album. As L.E.S. tells the “baby, don’t leave me because I know I messed up” story, the flow of R&B mixed with his insane lyrics will have you in a trance that’s impossible to get out of.
Soon the album rises to his MC status giving us what he is known for. The track “Lion’s Den” shows MC style that L.E.S. is becoming known for. His dope beat with a gangsta, schizophrenic flow creates a latitude higher than what we want out of a rapper.
If you listen to the album here is a tip: DO NOT SKIP AROUND! The Genesis is one album where one track flows into the next. If you like discovering new hip-hop and are down with a freestyle, L.E.S. will not disappoint.