CD Review – Lupe Fiasco: Lasers
Lasers is the much-anticipated end of a four-year albumless period for Lupe Fiasco. As a whole, Lasers feels more processed than Lupe Fiasco’s previous two releases. This sometimes works favourably, such as the robotically tight harmonies on “State Run Radio”, and sometimes works unfavourably, such as the sped-up Modest Mouse sample on “The Show Goes On” or the heavily distorted and reverb-soaked vocals on “Beautiful Lasers (2 Ways)”. Synthesizers appear more than they have on previous Lupe Fiasco albums, but guitars and pianos also make multiple appearances on Lasers. Arguably, some of Lupe’s strongest material appears on this record. Songs like “Never Forget You”, “State Run Radio”, and “Words I Never Said” are sure to prove on par and above the quality of the Chicago rapper’s previous tunes. Despite this, some of the material feels utterly banal and drenched in mediocrity. When the album hits the mark, it does so brilliantly, but when it misses, it lands in the pile of commonplace and stale auto-tuned tracks that seem to top the charts.