Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty

It was with some trepidation that I listened to Big Boi's new solo album. Like most of us, I am a HUGE OutKast fan and have been somewhat disappointed by some of their later output, like the "Idlewild" soundtrack and some of the guest spots Andre 3000 has put out recently. I hold on just barely to hopes of a successful OutKast reunion, especially since Andre's guest spots make it sound like he's given up on rapping altogether (or should). But the press surrounding Big Boi's "Chico Dusty" project made it sound like a return to form, as did some of his performances on the late night talk show circuit. I saw him do "Shutterbugg" on Leno with a band similar to OutKast performances: dj, horns, guitar, bass, back-up vocals, hype man. It was pretty good.

And that is probably the best thing I can say about the album. It is pretty good. Highlights are "Shutterbugg," the two versions of "Shine Blockas" (remix with Bun B is the better version), and "Tangerine," featuring T.I. and Khujo from Goodie Mob. "Tangerine" is unfortunately typical misogynistic fare, but that doesn't negate the talent of the m.c.'s involved. Overall, though, the album reminded me of the "Speakerboxx/The Love Below" double album from OutKast. It was pretty good, but didn't live up to the high standards of "ATLiens," "Aquemini," or "Stankonia." That is probably not a fair standard for any solo artist leaving an amazing group, but it can't be helped. I'm interested in what our readers think, and if the rumored OutKast reunion will be better.

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