Generally favorable reviews- based on 45 Ratings
Dec 12, 2012Once again General Patton proves that not only is he the most fun man in music, he is also the most open-minded. Big Boi is willing to play with any sounds, old or new, and it shows. From the Princesque pop ditty 'Mama Told Me' (featuring a sexy-sounding Kelly Rowland) to the straight-up Dirty South banger 'In the A', and more the more electronic numbers 'Objectum Sexuality' and 'Lines' - both featuring Phantogram - there's something for everyone here. But rather than catering to all tastes with three or four songs, Patton succeeds in making a mockery of genres and scenes. Which is to say that this album is just as approachable for a tight-jeaned indie scenester as it is an 80s funk or hip-hop diehard, or a present-day pop and R'n'B devotee.
There is absolutely no filler here whatsoever, but perhaps the most intriguing cut of all is 'Shoes for Running', a collaboration with Wavves and the oft-derided B.o.B, who rides the choppy guitars which separate the anthemic, chanty-indie verses with ease. As any hip-hop-head will tell you, Big Boi's 2010 effort 'Sir Lucious Left Foot' was easily the album of its year, and 'Vicious Lies' is mounting a serious if last-ditch challenge for this year's award. Stunning stuff.… Full Review »
Jan 4, 2013VL&DR is an uneven hipster rap album that attempts to achieve above and beyond Big Boi's capabilities. While his partner Andre 3000 may be able to pull off weirdness well, Big Boi, unfortunately, cannot and often fails to leave a lasting impression with songs that seem almost amateurish. Thankfully, the highs outweigh the lows, with songs like, "The Thickets", the Janelle Monae-esque jam, "Apple of My Eye", "She Hates Me", "CPU", "Mama Told Me", "Lines", and "Tremendous Damage," being standouts.… Full Review »