Strong arrangements almost mask an average voice
Lachi is a black, female, piano-playing singer-songwriter—so obvious (if lazy) parallels are apt to be drawn with Joan Armatrading or even Alicia Keys. In fact, a better touchstone would be Alanis Morissette, whose cracked warble seems to have inspired Lachi’s own.
There are other parallels too. In guitar-driven workouts like “We Can Fly” and “Funny Girl”, Lachi belts out wry observations about love and relationships, while softer numbers like “Emo Children” provide a change-up. All the songs here are crowded with sonic interest—pianos and guitars, processed vocals, guitar effects, snaky basslines and lively percussion ensure that the songs don’t run together. (The liner notes thank 14 musicians for contributing, but there is no indication as to who plays what.)
Most of the songs are diverting, and the production is excellent: full and lush. Ironically, the weak link in some of these songs is Lachi herself, whose voice isn’t quite up to the mark it sets for itself at times. Despite that, this is a lively, engaging set.
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