The credits on this album are trendily sketchy: the singer is identified only as Lo, and her accompanists (John Bergin, Dedric Moore, Delaney Moore, and Patrick McBride) are credited with nothing more specific than "music." The press materials imply that Lolo is not a band name, but in fact refers to the singer. Interestingly, the music on Bad Idea was recorded at studios scattered across Europe and the U.S., which leads one to conclude that either Lolo is independently wealthy or has toured the world extensively prior to recording her debut album. The music? It's pretty great. Most tracks are well within the slow-to-medium-tempo funky chill-out range, and the group's textures are an appealing blend of electronic and organic, especially on the slowly grinding "Luna," and the strutting "We'll Manage That." Lo's vocals are consistently silky and attractive, even if her lyrics are occasionally just a bit much (sample couplet: "And the eagle had to hearken for the darkness couldn't fail/To cast the high and mighty into their own homemade jail"). The album's standout track is the last one, which ends the program on a palate-cleansing note of hyperkinetic jungle breakbeats. 20 bucks says her next release will be a remix album, and that it will rock.
My Favorite Album
If you are a fan of trip-hop or downtempo electronic music, you owe it to yourself to grab this album. Lolo can hit an aggressive pace without losing the sensuality that runs through the entire album. I can't say enough about her vocals, they are full of life and can evoke endless passion with minimal effort. Every track is set to a different pace, which keeps this album feeling fresh with every listen. "Without You" is probably the most radio friendly song, but if you stop there, you are missing out on the depth and incredible arrangement of songs like "Luna" and "We'll Manage That". While this album is epic in it's own regard, it will often conjur similar emotions and soundscapes found in groups like Massive Attack, Puracane, Thievery Corporation and Portishead. Even if you are new to this type of music, you can find no better place to get started than right here... highly recommended!