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This review is from: Vicious Lies & Dangerous Rumors [Explicit] (Audio CD)
Big Boi's sophomore album is a melodic and atmospheric experience laden with guests from diverse genres; Kelly Rowland on the sunny Prince-channeling lead-off single "Mama Told Me", Kid Cudi on the languid "She Hates Me", and Indie band Little Dragon on the ominous "Thom Pettie" (with slowed-down vocals), the trippy piano/guitar-driven "Descending", and appearing on the deluxe edition "Higher Res" (skeletal with drum patterns criss crossing all over).
"The Thickets" features Sleepy Brown and is an enchanting mid tempo groove and the lines "Yo, it seems just like yesterday, where did the time go? I'm giving you the best that I got". "Apple Of My Eye" is bouncy and furiously catchy. The quirky "Objectum Sexuality" features Indie duo Phantogram and a spoken French section and sounds like something his Outkast bandmate André 3000 would record. Phantogram appear again on the sleek "CPU", as well as the swirling twinkling "Lines". "Shoes For Running features B.o.B. and Wavves with martial beats and a light Rock edge.
Other standouts are the plodding "Raspberries" (featuring Mouche and Scar), "Tremendous" (featuring Bosko), and the soulful "She Said Ok" with Theophilus London and Tre Luce (with rather saucy lyrics and appearing on the deluxe edition). His skipping from genre to genre may put off some, but what a wacky and wonderful ride this is.