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Mike Posner: The Layover Review

Posted: November 26, 2011 by tweerexy in Album Review
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It’s only suitable that this post is written during a three-hour flight from Phoenix to Milwaukee.

31 Minutes to Takeoff was a bit of disappointment to prior Posner mixtape fans, but was quality music either way—just not for the same audience.  The Duke graduate’s latest mixtape, The Layover, is back in the realm of One Foot Out The Door and A Matter of Time.  With a solid number of tracks (21, to be exact) , the mixtape does not disappoint.  Former fans should be pleased.

One of the most anticipated tracks, “Traveling Man,” which was sampled on One Foot Out the Door, finally makes a full-length appearance and does not disappoint.  The teaser was promised to be on the next full-length album—which indeed it was not.  The same way “Traveling Man” was sampled, Posner’s next supposed single “Looks Like Sex” is offered a minute forty cameo in the lineup.

The album opens with an intro featuring Don Cannon and is followed by a brilliantly executed “Wonderwall.”  “Wonderwall” has to be one of the most covered songs of all time and Posner is successful in setting his apart from the million covers out there.  The chorus is backed by synthetic beats and blips and a signature melodic repetition in the bass.

“Shut Up,” we can only imagine as what I think men are thinking when they sit in front of the dressing room at Forever 21.  Forced into carrying multiple shopping bags and watching clothes come in and out of the dressing room in a blur of colors and “does this look good on me?” type sentiments.  The almost comedic quality of the song does a fair job of audience appeal.

The album is laid out in such a way that it can be played throughout the day—paired with suggestions on how to listen to the songs.  Playing the part of a waiter offering wine accompaniments to various courses during a meal, Posner advises you to: drive to this, smoke and drive to this, pull a bad bitch to this, fly to this, pre-game to this, fuck to this, drive in the dark to this, vibe to this, ride to this, chill to this, blaze to this, reminisce to this, rage to this, think to this, or fall asleep to this.  An interesting concept already applied to one of life’s vices, why not now to one of the others?

Some of our favorite tracks on this album are “Blackout Remix,” “Henny & Purple,” and “Rolling in the Deep.”  I am glad Posner returned to his roots as much as I enjoyed 31 Minutes to Takeoff (namely “Gone In September,” “Do You Wanna?” and “Cheated”).

~T

Two months ago, we announced the release date of Go Radio’s deluxe edition of Lucky Street.  It has finally arrived and we couldn’t be happier with all the time we waited.

After tapping my fingers and waiting in front of my computer for my pre-order to become available on iTunes, I nearly jumped out of my bed and woke my roommate with my screaming.  The only plus side to living on the west coast, beside the absence of frosty car windows in the morning at this time of year, is that while it’s midnight on the east coast, it’s still early here.  So what if we miss every single television show and every plot twist gets spoiled on Twitter before we even get a chance to watch the open credits…We get the Go Radio album without waiting until the wee hours of the morning to listen to it!  As of this point, Go Radio’s eight bonus tracks have been played over two-hundred and ten times on my iTunes alone—not counting the iPhone plays or the times they’ve been repeated in my head.  That might just be my personal affinity for Go Radio showing through though.  Now let’s get down to brass tacks.

‘Ready or Not,’ the first of the bonus tracks on Lucky Street (Deluxe Edition), is a polished rock track with carefully structured layers and specific elements adding to the overall sound of the finished piece.  The track is probably the most structured of the bonus features next to the ‘Rolling In The Deep’ cover, and the peppier ‘Worth All The While’ but in no way is that a bad thing.  ‘Ready or Not’ feeds any thirst for a louder, head-nod worthy, guitar and drum backed sound.  As always, the opening track always offers a sample of universally relatable lyrics to come.

Contrasting the stentorian bonus opener is an almost conversational ‘Stay Gone.’  Close your eyes and it sounds like an intimate Go Radio concert—a noisy little cafe, a wooden stool on a landing in the corner, an acoustic guitar and heartfelt lyrics echoing above the chatter.  The song offers a nice change of pace from the emotionless, auto tuned, meaningless fodder that often fills the top charts but falls into the same realm as fan favorite ‘Goodnight Moon,’ which also makes an appearance as a bonus, heartwrenching acoustic track.  It’s more than obvious Go Radio’s lyrics are a little more genuine and heartfelt than say LMFAO, no matter how much they may believe in the fact that they’re “sexy and they know it,” and it shows in all of their tracks.

The only thing that could possibly make those lyrics and masterful instrumental supports better would be Jason Lancaster’s raw vocals.  The honesty of the lyrics really shine through with the raspy, raw, yet impeccably delivered vocals.  Let’s not forget the vocal support, equally as fervent and sincere as the lead.  The minimalism, no-frills approach to ‘Thanks For Nothing,’ ‘Any Other Heart’ and ‘Forever My Father’ make the meaningful lyrics the focal point.  All we can say here at Stork Music is that we can’t wait for anything and everything else Go Radio to be released.

By the way, check out their newly released music video for ‘Goodnight Moon!’

Also this interview we did with Alex from Go Radio at Warped Tour this summer!

Or pictures from their set at Warped!

~T