Warning: this is a detailed review(lol)
The long-awaited album starts off with a very nice piano and strings intro that will have your head nodding within the first 30 seconds. Then the intro is ended with a “Damn, and that wasn’t nothin’ but the intro” by Big Boi just to let you know that for the next 14 songs, your ears will be emerged in “ear-gasms”.
The album takes a turn for a faster pace with the welcoming back sounds of “Daddy Fat Stacks”. The heavy bass beat will make you fall in love if not the lyrics as Big Boi speaks : “Kept my sights of the prize wide open worldwide like the thighs of a hooker spread, told the girl bye”. The very country sounds of “Turns Me On” takes you to a more Idlewild feel as the sultry sounds of Sleepy Brown and Joi feel your speakers. At the end of that song you listen to a more contemporary collaboration between Big Boi and Vonnegutt called “Follow Us”. The hook is of very alternative sounding as it matches with the vibe of the beat. The album then detours to the familiar sounds of Big Boi’s current hit single “Shutterbug”. Appropriately dubbed as a “club banger”, “Shutterbug” offers bass worthy of the attention of Heaven and will keep you hype throughout the whole song.
After your ears are refreshed by that song, you take a journey towards a very dirty south sounding record. “General Patton” gives you not only a great beat but great lyrics as Big Boi lets us know what’s what and who’s who: “We come in peace but some of y’all n**gaz come in greed/gluttons f**kin up the game like ice, heroin, or speed”. From the intensity of “General Patton” your heart rate can catch a small break with “Tangerine”. Once again the bass fills this song, but with a feature from T.I. and a buzz-worthy and club-worthy topic, this song sets itself apart from the rest of the album: “She said her name was Tangerine, damn the American dream/ she all about her f**kin cream, shake it like a tambourine”.
The next three songs (“You Aint no DJ”, “Hustle Blood” and “Be Still”) only add to the greatest of the album. “You Ain’t no DJ” features Yelawolf and calls out all fake DJ’s, “Hustle Blood” which features Jamie Foxx sheds light on the age old story of women falling for a guy with a hustle bone, and “Be Still” featuring Janelle Monae on a subtle track sings to the truth of love: “Be still young heart, never will you fall apart”.
After those three songs we then get into one of my favorite songs on the album, “For Yo Sorrows”. The beat is nothing less than perfect with a great heavy bass, funkadelic strings, and a nice hi-hat for speed. The hook will make you listen twice to make sure you heard what you thought you heard the first time, but just for reassurance the hook sings “For those who think life isn’t fair ‘cuz I blow my smoke in the air/as if no one is standing there, then ill roll one tonight for your sorrows” . With features from Too $hort, the infamous George Clinton, and Sam Chris, “For Yo Sorrows” solidifies a spot in the top listens of the album.
“Night Night” featuring B.o.B. and Joi has a speedy beat along with a great flow from Big Boi and great voice offerings from both Joi and B.o.B. The next song “Shine Blockas” featuring Gucci Mane automatically gives a southern feel with a sample and a typical bass line. As the album begins to end with two songs left, one of the songs “The Train pt. 2” offers a very effectual sound from Sam Chris on the hook. The sound is definitely refreshing and a great way to wind down the album. “Back up Plan” is a song for everyone, and a great way to end the album as Big Boi offers a great variety of lyrics all spread out through 2 verses.
Overall, I thought this collection of songs was one for the ages. Although the album has been awaited for a longer period of time than hoped for, it was worth every single hour, day and month of waiting. For all Outkast fans expecting to hear a continuation of the “ATLiens” Big Boi or even the “Speakerboxx” Big Boi, you might want to put that aside for this album. Big Boi is still lyrically potent and honest as he was back then, and is going to be, however the production styles are somewhat different and mainly a lot more contemporary. It is safe to say that “Sir Lucious Left Foot…the Son of Chico Dusty” is a more refined Big Boi that anyone can enjoy if they open their ears to bass charged beats, favorable lyricism, genuine southern hospitality and an overall entertaining album.