You need to listen to “LSD” ASAP

"LSD" album cover courtesy of Wikipedia.

Melissa Ellin, Editor in Chief

LABRINTH, Sia and Diplo (LSD) recently collaborated on an album titled “LSD” (how in the world did they come up with that?) which was released Fri. April 12, and it was quite good. I would even go as far as to say… psychedelic.

Sia and LABRINTH took the lead on vocals while Diplo took more of a behind the scenes role in the form of the producer, and it worked for them. You wouldn’t expect such different artists to mix so nicely, but “LSD” was a pleasant surprise.

The intro, “Welcome to the Wonderful World of LSD,” was a crazy roller coaster ride that gave a taste for the varying styles on the album, like reggae, pop and hip hop. It was also one of two songs which had all three artist’s voices heard, but it was more of a DJ’s on stage opener in that each artist had their moment in the spotlight, and they were all distinctly different. Needless to say, it was a fantastic way to start the album.

The first official song (A.K.A. not the intro song), “Angel in Your Eyes,” was a gem. It had a soothing techno beat and lyrics that you could listen to on repeat. The follow-up, “Genius” was stellar. The opening had a beautiful orchestral background which really stood out from the rest of the album, and although the chorus was a bit repetitive, it was in a non-annoying way because it was super catchy.

Track four, “Audio,” was unique in that it was the second song with all three of the artists voices present. It was not the most memorable song, but it was the perfect one for Sia, as the style was similar to that of her own music.

Song four titled “Thunderclouds” was by far the best, but it was also released early, so the majority of people have been playing it on repeat for a while now. As a whole, it artfully showcased Sia’s uncommon vocals, while simultaneously demonstrating the true range and power of LABRINTH’s voice. Their notes, blended with a sick beat, culminated into an instant hit. The next song, “Mountains,” on the other hand was probably the worst. It was an unremarkable and extremely repetitive song, but unlike “Genius,” the lyrics and sound didn’t make up for this fact. It felt like a filler for the album more than anything.

“No Few Friends,” the seventh track, had similar elements to “Thunderclouds.” I would classify it as a modern pop song for sure. If you’re a fan of AJR, the beat was akin to that of “Burn the House Down.” It also had a surprisingly sweet message about happiness and friendship with lyrics like “I got all I need in a world of doubt/We got our champagne dreams in an endless drought/We are the kings and queens seeking our aces out/We got all we need, no new friends now,” which demonstrate this idea.

The next two songs, “Heaven Can Wait” and “It’s Time,” respectively, were excellent. “Heaven Can Wait’s” beat was sensational, the lyrics were well-written and Sia hit some serious notes. At the same time, it was one of the longer songs on the album, which was a good thing because it was such a great one. “It’s Time” was completely different. It was the only real slow song on the album, and it served as a breath of fresh air from the techno-heavy beats in the previous tracks.

It was not, however, the best closing for such a cheery album, so you can see why they went with Lil Wayne’s remix of “Genius” for the finale. Unfortunately, it fell flat. The remix was essentially the same as the original, except Lil Wayne was present (although not very) and there were a couple of places where the beat was changed up. Overall, it was an unnecessary addition to the album, and I would have much rather heard another LSD original.

Nevertheless, “LSD” is sensational. I can’t help but listen again and again. It’s short, clocking in at 30 minutes, euphoric and music to my ears (both literally and metaphorically). If you haven’t already given the album a listen, check it out.