The Abandoned Lullaby
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||Charmed Life||Icebird||3:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Just Love Me||Icebird||3:03||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Going and Going. And Going.||Icebird||4:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||King Tut||Icebird||5:29||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Wander||Icebird||4:23||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Return of Tronson||Icebird||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Spirit Ache||Icebird||3:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I'm Green||Icebird||4:41||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gun for Hire||Icebird||5:38||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In Exile||Icebird||3:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Please, Don't||Icebird||2:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Find Yourself||Icebird||4:15||$0.99||View in iTunes|
The Abandoned Lullaby, despite production from RJD2, is not a rap album, or anything close to it. Of course, anyone who's even partially followed RJD2's career knows that he's long departed from the instrumental hip-hop production he made his name on. After the release of his second album, 2004's Since We Last Spoke, Mr. Krohn began exploring the melodic side of indie rock, using first his own voice (2007's The Third Hand) and then the voices of others (2010's The Colossus). It was from one of these collaborations, with Philadelphia singer/songwriter Aaron Livingston, that Icebird was born. The Abandoned Lullaby is as close as anything to proof that RJD2 made the right change: it's superbly composed, produced, and executed retro-soul neo-pop, a memorable album that lines up well next to ones from Adele, Janelle Monáe, and Gnarls Barkley. One thing RJD2 has always done well is hooks, and the hooks are plenty here, from the utterly singable "I'm Green" to the Jeff Buckley-meets-TVOTR of "Going and Going. And Going." It's true that sometimes the songs do begin to resemble one another ("Please, Don't" sounds like "Just Love Me," "Wander" like the aforementioned "I'm Green"), and most have you searching for the clearest influence (Lenny Kravitz? Amy Winehouse? Bruno Mars? Camu Tao? Alice Smith?), but it's all so pleasant and likable that it doesn't matter. The Abandoned Lullaby is a success because it's not so concerned about appearances and trends that it forgets what it's good at, and what it is: a playful, thoughtful, catchy-as-hell pop record that bounces around from note to note and theme to theme with the deftness of someone who's used to writing for sets of 16 bars and various MCs and doesn't want to be limited by that. So even if it can be repetitive, and can sometimes feel just a little too planned out, it's all done well, and doesn't lessen the overall effect of listening to a record that knows exactly what it wants to say.
Ok. I know the title of this album contains a word that coincides with sleep, but DO NOT sleep on this!!! Rjd2 has been know to put out some quality music over the last ten plus years, but I haven't been glued to an album like this from anyone for some while. Livingston's voice is a perfect compliment to RJ's genius on this one. At first tracks like Wander, Going and Going, and Please Don't had me really tuned in. But every song has grown on me in some way musically or lyrically. I really appreciate how some songs keep you guessing by starting out in one place then taking you somewhere else, sometimes bringing you back to where you started. I give this a legitimate five stars after a month of listening. Much respect to RJD2 for his continued hard work and ability to translate it into enjoyment.
I gotta say that this band is truely one of the most interesting and creative bands out. Aaron livingston is a great singer/musician. I dont just say this because he's my nephew but because its true. And i was blown away when i was invited to see icebird perform live at skully's in columbus, oho. As a musician myself i was impressed to see a great live show. You think they sound good on your headphones! Go see them live! Its no wonder Aaron is featured on the roots latest cd. Not to mention that Rjd2 is a beast! Im really proud of my nephew and the icebird squad.