Label: Decaydance / Fueled By Ramen / Nappy Boy
Reviewed by: Raa Daddy
From Gym Class to top of his class, 2010 has been a helluva year for Travie McCoy. The lead singer of Gym Class Heroes is out for love with his solo debut Lazarus. The biblical parallels run rampant like Pamplonian bulls as Travie toros through ten tracks of positivity and promise. Single of the year contender, Billionaire, is still on fire; with Bruno Mars crooning and his team The Smeezingtons handling production, the flavour doesn't get stale. Standout tracks include the soul-searching epic The Manual, the incredibly melodic Superbad with its wailing guitar riffs, the party rocker After Midnight, and the Ahmad remake A Kid Again, which you’ll be singing along to in no time. Lazarus is lyrically deft and musically brilliant with influences from every facet of popular music. The tone will shock some diehard fans, while gaining a gang of new ones in the process. Any one of the songs could (and probably will) be a smash single. Kudos to Mr. McCoy for venturing outside of his comfort zone to make a universally appealing album. Among the top albums of the year, this will be the best half hour and change you’ve spent with music in a long time.