By Misty Williams | Staff Writer |
Musiq Soulchild released his anticipated album “Life on Earth” On April 15.
Musiq Soulchild, also known as Taalib Johnson is a gifted Neo-Soul artist who combines Jazz, Hip Hop, and Scatting all into one.
The Philadelphia native was very creative and different with his album “Life on Earth,” he incorporated the sound of jazz with pop, something he has never done before.
“I think it was important and innovative because you have a lot of sameness going on. Not to talk down on anything or anyone, but after a while it creates a situation. It’s like, ‘Do something else now.’ Everyone can’t be doing the same thing and expecting the same response,” said Soulchild in his interview with YouKnowIGotSoul.com.
The artist eliminated a lot of the soul feel that he used to possess to accommodate the younger audiences, but this change hasn’t been successful.
Older albums like “Aijuswanaseing,” “Luvanmusiq,” and “Juslisen”are more soulful than “Life on Earth”
This time around, Soulchild told YouKnowIGotSoul “I didn’t even think about the song structure. I was more so thinking about getting the message out.
“Life on Earth” incorporated more upbeat and fast paced songs like “ Wait A Minute” and “Who Really Loves You,” where the mixing and keyboard were heavily put to use.
Though the artist did something different, he still was able to bring it all back home with songs like “Changed My Mind” and “ Walked Away.”
The melodies from these songs were capable of putting me in the mindset of being at an old school family barbecue.
The jazz and hip hop tunes that Soulchild incorporated on this album definitely delivered, though there wasn’t much; when it was there, it was great.
I do not think this is Soulchild’s best album, but it can still get away with being good in my book.
I am not a big fan of change and it did not evoke enough emotions for me, but the world is responding to it positively.
“It’s a timely album for men and women to examine not only their emotions, but witness how their lack of expression or acknowledgment can damage a partnership…I think this is his best album,” stated alumni Aaron Lash.
Soulchild’s first single off the album “I Do” is definitely catchy, with lyrics like “Girl, you be tripping and you know it/But I know you just can’t control it/So I ain’t going nowhere even though.”
The lyrics on all of the songs are right on point as he explains the negatives and positives of a relationship.
“I believe “I Do” has a genuine sound and Musiq Soulchild is a funky artist,” stated Damarea Parker.
MSoulchild rode the ups and downs of the love roller coaster, touching on many aspects of love, the coming together, the falling apart, the good, the bad, and the ugly.
“This album is so soothing. It has such a calming vibe. I think this is one of his best albums. So far my favorite song is ‘Part of Me.’ I resonate with the message it sends,” stated student Cassandra Butcher.
Lyric wise, this album was phenomenal, whether you’re in love or not, anyone is able to relate.
The album is a good listen, if you’re tired of the same Musiq Soulchild, give “Life on Earth” a chance, it’s love, funk, pop and hip hop all in one.