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LIL – LIPS IN LUSH March 6, 2011

Filed under: LIL — solarblade @ 12:45 pm

Track Listing

  1. LIPS IN LUSH
  2. me, too
  3. LESSON ONE
  4. DANCE on The FLOOR
  5. “MOSHI MOSHI” RADIO
  6. SUPERSONIC
  7. BLOCK OUT
  8. Flashback Love
  9. “MOSHI MOSHI” RADIO (TeddyLoid Remix)

1. LIPS IN LUSH

Opening the album up, LIPS IN LUSH wastes no time in getting into the synths this duo has been known for.  I was surprised by the amount of synths, vocal layering and overall electro goodness that came with the song despite being mostly an intro.  It’s not a bad opening and gives a good taste of what’s to come on the album.

2. me, too

As the album’s promotional song (I think), me, too really sends the notion that this is definitely an electro album hands down.  While the beginning feels like it makes the song into a club mix, it’s actually the full track and used in the PV as well.  Now this is our first taste of ucio’s vocals and I kind of enjoy them since there’s a good amount of English here and it’s good.  I do think the music sounds way Americanized in the ways of arrangement, but I like that…it’s different from the Takus and Nakata and Osawa’s XD….You can thank TSUGE.  Good first track and the video is so wtf btw.

3. LESSON ONE

If things couldn’t have moved over a whole lot, LESSON ONE will definitely make you question things.  The music felt like it was going to be a rock song and with the edgy and attitude style ucio was pulling off it was like a twist of different worlds.  I like the heavier trance style mixed with guitars of course and of course ucio reminds me of MiChi in the attitude.  The chorus is a bit surprising because it gains more melodies and she’s singing longer held notes.  I was pleasantly surprised with this song for sure.

4. DANCE on The FLOOR

Hey, dark mood for our next song it seems?  I guess not, but the song really will want you to move to the dancefloor and get it down.  The music is dance music and I love that for sure…but ucio’s Engrish side comes out and some of the song is kind of hard to read.  As for the song, it’s good for sure, but I feel there’s some bass missing for the chorus…it just feels like it’s missing the pulsing beat that the verses had…strange right? 

5. “MOSHI MOSHI” RADIO

Probably the poppiest song off the album, “MOSHI MOSHI” RADIO reminds me of a Lady Gaga song, but with more oomphs toward the synths more than anything else.  I think right now this might be least favorite track because of it’s likeness to various songs that have a similar pull.  Britney’s “Womanizer” and Ayumi Sakai’s “STRONG BODY” says hi!

6. SUPERSONIC

I love the pounding synths as well that open the song and it carries throughout for our next song on the album.  I actually think it’s one of TSUGE’s more interesting songs and it has ucio really trying to stand out and she does, but I still don’t know what she’s saying half the time.  Her vocals now are starting to sound unique since she’s hitting a broader line of notes. 

7. BLOCK OUT

I love how ucio opens up BLOCK OUT by all that yelling under filters.  Either way, if you liked “me, too” you will find solace here as well because the beats are hard and the synths are all over the place in this song making it for a fun electro song.  Even the solos TSUGE has give it a twist to the song.  I approve for sure.

8. Flashback Love

I really enjoyed the overall sound of Flashback Love for some reason.  It’s probably because it has its own essence and flow that doesn’t seem to resonate through the other song.  It’s more electro-pop than the others.  The only thing I felt like was a setback was that ucio was under a lot of filters and it kind of makes me roll my eyes.  Still, it’s a pretty good song otherwise XD.

9. “MOSHI MOSHI” RADIO (TeddyLoid Remix)

Closing the album is a remix of what wasn’t the promotional track (odd choice), TeddyLoid for me is more prevalent because of his works he did for MIYAVI.  Anyways, the remix is probably the fastest on the album, but it’s also a remix so there’s places where it gets rather odd and repetitive in others…but TeddyLoid did the best he could and he’s got some great moments.

Tracks Recommended

  • LESSON ONE
  • Flashback Love
  • SUPERSONIC

Song of Avoidance

  • “MOSHI MOSHI” RADIO

Being as this is LIL’s debut album, I was surprised to find that this was actually an impressive debut and electro album from the duo.  While they sure do have an Americanized outlook with the arrangements, I like that it works for them and ucio is a pretty cool singer…but there’s so Engrish going and high notes aren’t exactly her best work….  Still, it’s very passable.