Lyrics Born, 'As U Were' (Decon)

7
As U Were
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 25, 2010
Label: Decon

by Mosi Reeves

With each new release, former Solesides crew member Lyrics Born edges closer to becoming the West Coast Cee Lo, a onetime rap innovator now dedicated to the power of soul. While earlier albums like 2003's excellent Later That Day stayed in the P-Funk pocket, As U Were strains to incorporate electro into an ebullient mix of confessionals ("I've Lost Myself") and confidence boosters ("Oh Baby!"). Though he sounds slightly out of place on the screeching "Lies X 3," standouts "We Live by the Beat" and "Kontrol Phreak" impressively blend synth-funk and neo-new-wave glamour.

00:00 00:00 No Song Selected More info
00:00 00:00
placeholder
Now Playing
  • 1 Valentino Khan — Make Some Noise " 03:43
  • 2 The Range — Rayman " 03:34
  • 3 Twin Peaks — Strawberry Smoothie " 02:24
  • 4 Jessie Ware — Share It All " 04:18
  • 5 Rustie — Attak (feat. Danny Brown) " 03:01
  • 6 M.I.A. — Gold " 01:48

SPIN is a member of SPIN Music Group, a division of BUZZMEDIA