Kid Lab Rat Hits You With More Slow Songs on New LP
You’ve got to give it to Kid Lab Rat on his latest release, More Sad Songs. He’s managed to whip up a cohesive album—sonically, thematically, lyrically, and musically. Moreover, this is an actual album weighing in 12 tracks deep, which is a refreshing change of pace from those with seven or eight tracks claiming they’re pushing Long Players.
With titles like “Let You Down”, “Gone Away”, and “My Blackened Heart”, it’s not difficult to envision the Kid’s mind state when he hit the studio for this one. Almost all of the tracks are at approximately 85 BPM or slower, setting the tone for what oftentimes are melodic laments of situations, songs, or perhaps just people, that have seemingly gone awry.
In that respect Lab Rat’s truly covered all aspects of the game. On “Gone Away” it appears that someone has likely broken up with him—or at least that’s what’s depicted in the lyrics. Fast forward to “Apologetic” and he’s on his knees, perhaps, calling himself an asshole as he attempts to expiate his deeds. He takes to some much needed mind alteration on “Rolling Lotus” as a therapeutic measure, quite possibly, just to maintain.
As the title of this collection strongly suggests, this is a great LP for when you’re feeling down and out. It very easily could’ve been entitled melancholy or some other synonym with connotations of depression.
So what’s the Kid doing on “Blood Stains”? Slipping in a dance floor rumbler past the halfway point of the album, just to see if you’re paying attention? Whatever his motive, this piece works well. It moves with the traditional four on the floor drum pattern. Moreover, it’s an uptempo, could that be a bouncy number, even?
It’s a wonder what this pace and excellent guitar strumming (likely attributed to musician Dylan James) do for his melodies, his hooks, and his singing. They bestow it with an effervescence, a timeliness that certainly stands out on the oeuvre.
To his credit, he also skips the slow singing for a few rhymes on the work’s first single, “My Blackened Heart.” There’s some live drums and programmed ones, an obese bass line, and even a few flows delivered with precision. Again, the Kid managed to cover all aspects of the game on this one, which is something one rarely hears nowadays on any assortment of songs fashioned into an album.