Critics is a track that embodies hope and motivation, the music spins out and spirals around you in this hypnotic and quite unexpected manner, the effect of which is that you genuinely listen when the rap verse kicks in – when those ideas, of not giving up on your dreams, and not giving in to what those around you might throw down; those ideas really shine brightly now. The music and the lyrics work strongly together to give off this lasting impression, and you know when it’s over that this is an artist who will create and keep on and develop and move forward – regardless of what you think. It’s a brilliant quality to have, and for someone so young to have put this together; impressive is a little bit of an understatement.
The track itself is one that really gets better the more you listen to it. Once you’re locked in; once something has caught your attention, it’s not a song you’ll want to skip past at all. The music behind the vocal is of the utmost highest quality, first and foremost; that’s the production, the mix, the creativity, then on top of that you have these lyrics, and not even just lyrics – words alone have little impact, it’s the delivery that makes it matter in music – the performance of these lines and that hook is on point.
If the track came on in a club or a bar, you might not jump out of your seat to go and hunt down the lyrics, but who does in that situation? You would most probably remember the sound though, the vibe, the idea, and when you do take the time out to properly listen – it’s a strong track, one that is loaded with positive vibes and an all round good message. Don’t listen to the critics. Just, don’t.
For artists who are just getting started, regardless of genre, one of the most important elements to have mastered and embedded in your approach is passion. Lulu exudes passion and drive with every word she performs, from the moment the music begins. What’s great about this particular track is that it has that passion, it has that optimism and that determination, but it also has this superb musical introduction – that oriental style riff really rattles around in your head, and so everything that follows essentially wraps this blanket of music around you further. It’s a simple thing, but hugely effective, and it fuses so well with the vocal style and the melody; the result is this somewhat dark sounding yet stylish, slick, and highly motivated expression of thought.
It’s a great track, a fantastic commercial debut, and the attitude aglow within the artist’s words and performance is something that will take her as far as she desires. The artist Nahzzy is also a clear fit for this particular piece – the same sort of vibe and attitude towards life is highlighted during his rap on verse three as is shown by Lulu throughout. What’s interesting actually, is that both artists begin with a fairly mellow and relaxed performance, which swiftly but smoothly mutates into this quick fired climax of energy and drive. It works well. It’s a strong collaboration, and both performances bring it boldly out into the spotlight.
You can find and follow Lulu over on Twitter and Instagram. Head over to iTunes to grab your copy of the single Critics, or Click Here to have a listen over on her website – you can learn a little more about the artist and the music while you’re there. At just sixteen years of age, this is categorically a powerful release; it’s well worth giving her a follow online to see what comes out in the very near future. Get involved.