Favorite

Big Boi: Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors (Def Jam) 

Even without the large and eclectic stable of special guests, Big Boi's second solo album would sound like a musical collage, an ever-shifting hybrid of hip-hop, dance and rock styles.

Helming this colorful journey, Big Boi sounds confident and creatively energized as both rapper and mad genius. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is bookended by "Ascending" and "Descending," the first a mellow bit of introductory bravado, and the closer a long meditative collaboration with Little Dragon, resting on a slowly twisting acoustic guitar riff.

In between are the bouncy and catchy sounds of classic OutKast hip-hop funk like "The Thickets" and "Apple of My Eye"; the heavy club beats of "In the A" and "Lines"; the R&B guest hooks of Kelly Rowland on "Mama Told Me"; and most surprising of all, the hyper indie-rock of Wavves paired with a skittering beat on "Shoes for Running."

"CPU" (featuring Phantogram) starts as the sort of bass-heavy, futuristic song that recalls OutKast, before fading into airy synthesizer ambience. "Thom Pettie" returns to that futuristic funk, with Killer Mike adding some of the record's best verses.

The most thrilling part of Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is that despite how well Big Boi stitches together so many sounds, I still get the sense that not everything fits together quite right. Exploratory wildness is the guiding principle on this album as well as in his career, and there's surely even better music still to come from Big Boi.

More by Eric Swedlund

  • Liberate, Create!

    A trio of skilled songsmiths generate a new folk-rock
    • Apr 13, 2017
  • Preaching the Bad Testament

    Scott H. Biram—the original Dirty Old One Man Band—is back in the pulpit
    • Apr 6, 2017
  • In the Moment

    Austin Counts on soul, Lonesome Desert and Pima County Jail
    • Mar 23, 2017
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Too Much Junkie Business

    Billy Sedlmayr Shares a Johnny Thunders Story
    • May 4, 2017
  • Vintage Vinyl

    The Torquetts “Any More”/“(Who’s Got The) Tortillas” Santa Cruz Records SCR 10,002—1965
    • May 11, 2017
  • More »

Facebook Activity

© 2017 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation