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  • Summary: The Chicago rapper returns with his third album of slick, electronic beats and rhythms, featuring appearances by Skylar Gray and Trey Songz.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
  1. 91
    Simply put, Lasers beams.
  2. Mar 8, 2011
    70
    Lupe remains a singular hip hop voice, and Lasers is still worth a listen.
  3. Aug 4, 2011
    70
    Lupe seems to have accepted that Lasers is not the masterpiece he originally set out to make and is prepared to move on. Maybe we should follow his lead.
  4. 60
    Lasers is a chaotic album full of gummy rhymes that look better on the page than they sound to the ear, delivered with a tone of tragic bombast.
  5. Mar 21, 2011
    60
    There is no doubt that the first half of the album is where the "money" is – a top-heavy reflection of pop-muscle tracks where Lupe is generally playing second fiddle to the beats/choruses. That would have fine if the Chicago native had been allowed to go all out and express himself on the other six tracks, more akin to "All Black Everything" so you may well find yourself stalling after "The Show Goes On."
  6. Mar 4, 2011
    50
    Only traces of Lupe Fiasco's greatness are present on Lasers, and even then he sounds less focused.
  7. Mar 10, 2011
    10
    My jaw remains affixed to the ground, my main goal from this point onwards remains to never hear Lasers in its entirety again.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 44
  2. Negative: 13 out of 44
  1. Mar 8, 2011
    10
    The only reason people are saying the album is bad is because Lupe didnt get to pick all the songs that were on here. I kno atlantic recordsThe only reason people are saying the album is bad is because Lupe didnt get to pick all the songs that were on here. I kno atlantic records screwed him over. But the truth of the matter is that all the songs on the Album are made by Lupe. And they are all great. There are about 4 or 5 tracks that are extremely exceptional. Words I Never Said, The Show Goes On, All Black Everything, and Beutiful Lasers. All i am saying is that this is a very good album and i dont get how Kanyes newest album is getting better ratings then Lasers. Buy Lasers if u r a true Lupe fan support him its great!! Expand
  2. Dec 24, 2013
    9
    Some don't like this album, and I can see why. Lasers does try to delve into mainstream. However, it doesn't go to far and retains Lupe'sSome don't like this album, and I can see why. Lasers does try to delve into mainstream. However, it doesn't go to far and retains Lupe's trademark lyricism. Second to food and liquor 2 Expand
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    9
    Honestly, I can't understand all the negativity around this album. This is seriously the best album I've heard in a long time. Yeah it'sHonestly, I can't understand all the negativity around this album. This is seriously the best album I've heard in a long time. Yeah it's obviously not as good as Lupe's first two, but I'm pretty sure that would be close to impossible to achieve! Still a fantastic album and definitely worth a listen. My personal favorites are "Words I Never Said" and "Out Of My Head". Expand
  4. Mar 24, 2011
    6
    Lupe Fiasco had the hip-hop world in his grasp with the release of his first two albums, the ecstatic "Food & Liquor" and the lyricallyLupe Fiasco had the hip-hop world in his grasp with the release of his first two albums, the ecstatic "Food & Liquor" and the lyrically monumental "The Cool". After years of silence, album changes, and teasers, the much anticipated "Lasers" finally came out. Has he created a triangle or immaculate records? Well, no. "Lasers" does not live up to (incredibly overblown) expectations. However, it's still an enjoyable album. Lyrically, Lu's dumbed it down (oh irony!), but his message is still clear and straight-forward, easily enough for mainstream audiences to grasp. Some gems on the album, "Till I Get There" or "Coming Up", are very old-skool Lupe; reassuring lyrics laid over a wavy beat. To keep the anarchy-theme in order, "Words I Never Said" and "All Black Everything" may be the most politically charged songs on here, the former screaming profinity at the state of the world while the latter viewed from the perspective of a racially-profiled dream. It's all very compelling, really. However, the weak spots on the album make their way up too often. "Out Of My Head", "State Run Radio" and "I Don't Wanna Care Right Now", thanks to some particularly distracting choruses, are very hard to get into, while "Break The Chain" or "Beautiful Lasers" could've been amazing if not worked on a bit more. Overall, it's a decent effort. However, Lupe seriously needs to reconsider ditching Atlantic and getting back to his roots. You can accept "Lasers" for it's good points (great messages) or let the bad overpower it (production isn't well suited, and featured artists take the spotlight). Right now, you either love this album or hate it. Only time will tell if "Lasers" beams, or flickers into black. Expand
  5. Mar 12, 2011
    5
    I am disappointed of Lupe. His did not deliver his best on this album. The production was horrible and the guest stars was boring. I know thatI am disappointed of Lupe. His did not deliver his best on this album. The production was horrible and the guest stars was boring. I know that he can do better than is. "Food & Liquor" and "The Cool" was awesome, but this album, no! The only track that was good was "All Black Everything". I hope he takes his time on his next album and focuses. Expand
  6. Mar 8, 2011
    3
    Lupe Fiasco's LASERS is a long step down from his previous works. In his interviews he spoke of how Atlantic had a large hand in the directionLupe Fiasco's LASERS is a long step down from his previous works. In his interviews he spoke of how Atlantic had a large hand in the direction and sound of this album. Gone are the producers he built a great rapport with like Soundtrakk and instead we get a crew of no name producers that don't mesh with Lupe Fiasco's style or message. Rife with excessive auto-tune use and generic pop rock and electro production, this album sounds like a dime a dozen top 40 record with no identity. The hooks that Lupe is backed with are obnoxious, mindless and overbearing and diminish any serious message Lupe may have been trying to send. Even lyrically, Lupe Fiasco does not shine, his word play and poetic elements are usually very basic and uncreative. Clearly he acquiesced when he was asked by Atlantic to dumb down his lyrics and style. There are a few tracks that are not hampered by overproduction and blaring hooks that desperately scream "play me on the radio". All Black Everything and Till I Get There have a more classic sound that sounds more compatible to Lupe Fiasco's style. Often however, Lupe sounds disinterested in his role and is not at all engaging. Lupe Fiasco in his interviews stated that he didn't enjoy making the album, why would he expect us to enjoy listening to it? Expand
  7. Mar 17, 2011
    0
    Lupe's latest effort is not even in the same realm as his previous two LPs. The production is pop-y, mainstream, wrought with auto-tune.Lupe's latest effort is not even in the same realm as his previous two LPs. The production is pop-y, mainstream, wrought with auto-tune. Lupe's notable lyrical genius is also lacking on most tracks. Soundtrakk (who produced most of Food and Liqueur, as well as The Cool) is sorely missed. Atlantic and Lupe really screwed this one up with delays and the tracks they picked to be on the record. Expand

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