With this latest album, the streetwise prophet offers a commendable body of work. With all Lyfe has to offer, he should be a standout voice in the neosoul field. Crooning lines like I would bring Michael Jackson back to life to moonwalk to your favorite song…Ill do the impossible for you on College or I dont need to be young to love you with passion on 17 to a Million, Jennnigs provides intense imagery that demonstrates a pure rawness in the way he loves and delivers his music. Lucid is a fitting title. Listening to Lyfe Jennings is akin to any of those socratic, Saturday afternoons with uncles, cousins and old neighbors from around the way.
This album shows Lyfe at his best- free from distraction and legal issues, left with his gritty voice and simple instruments. For most of the songs, Lyfe sticks to simple instrumentation. Consisting of mostly ballads, you feel at home listening to this soulful record. Lucid is a quality showpiece, deserving of serious attention. Theirs are the stories of men who have lived all aspects of life; from the highs of marriage and fatherhood, good jobs and promotions, to some serious challenges like hustling, serving jail time and the misery of failed relationships.
The stirring Rock is indicative of most songs on the album, Lyfes raspy tenor sung over synthesized drums and soft electric guitar licks, with smooth horns playing. As expected from the man who brought such poignant love songs like Must Be Nice and Never Never Land, Lucid offers a fine selection of sweetly provocative, romantic lyrics. Houston, Composer, Lyricist - Kenneth Lloyd, Assistant Engineer - P. Brown, Composer, Lyricist - Lyfe Jennings, Producer - Mike Schipp, Assistant Engineer - G. . Young Buck and Doc Black, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - D.
While the sound of this album is well designed, Lyfes insightful lyrics are the more compelling part. And yet at the same time, he shows his penchant for irony with the blue humor of I Wish. Particularly, the affirming I Am on which he sings in the background of the chorus Im beautiful, Im successful, I am worthy of being loved unleashes the healing capacity of Lyfes music. Beauregard, Composer, Lyricist - Mike Schipp, Assistant Engineer - J. Describing in great detail all the awfulness he wish that would befall an ex-lover, he maintains this zen-like quality to music, which without listening closely, could be mistaken for any other gorgeous, love ballad. When not using his lyrical prowess to create evocative, love numbers, Lyfe employs his skills on other simply sublime numbers that reflect his wisdom. .
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