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Lupe Fiasco returns with one of the most heavily anticipated releases in recent years, a revolutionary album called LASERS, reaching new heights of lyrical and musical mastery, while aiming to reach even bigger audiences.

The album has already spawned an exuberant hit single, “The Show Goes On,” which re-introduced Fiasco to fans after a four-year absence. It will undoubtedly ... Read more in Amazon's Lupe Fiasco Store

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  • Audio CD (7 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B004IOP3R4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Letting Go
2. Words I Never Said
3. Till I Get There
4. I Don't Wanna Care Right Now
5. Out Of My Head
6. The Show Goes On
7. Beautiful Lasers [2 Ways]
8. Coming Up
9. State Run Radio
10. BREAK THE CHAIN
11. All Black Everything
12. Never Forget You

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BBC Review

It’s been four years since Lupe Fiasco’s startling second outing, The Cool, confirmed the Chicago rapper as an important new maverick figure in hip hop. Since then, wrangles over creative direction with his label Atlantic (bizarrely, they wanted hits – as opposed to most major labels who are just begging for a King of Limbs from every artist) have delayed and derailed his plans for the follow-up.

The dispute between the forces of creativity and commerce are writ large across the finished product. "Things are getting out of control / Feels like I’m running out of soul" claims the opening track Letting Go, and yet the world-weary feel works well. Hip hop purists might baulk at the creamy melodies that dress up Lupe’s breathless diatribes, yet there’s something riveting about the undercurrent of confusion that envelopes this tune. Better still is Words I Never Said, taking scattershot aim at everything from Obama’s policy on Gaza to education budget cuts. It’s Lupe at his brilliant best – with ideas spewing forth at a rate which leaves your head spinning.

After that, though, RnB syrup starts to swamp the lyrical invention. It’s depressing that such an original talent still feels the need to coat every vocal melody in the electro-voiced gloop of A*to-T*ne, in stark non-contrast to 97% of current chart singles. Is the label solely to blame for that?

Cuts like the bouncing, urgent I Don’t Wanna Care Right Now are infectious pop-rap which would do lesser talents proud, while The Show Goes On engagingly samples Modest Mouse. But ultimately, where The Cool continually pricked up your ears, large swathes of Lasers go in one and out of the other. Then you hear the penultimate track, All Black Everything, and get another glimpse of what this man is capable of. It’s a ‘what if…?’ satirical reimagining of history wherein slavery never happened, considering its knock-on effects on modern cultural landscape. "The rat pack was a cool group of black men," he tells us, "that inspired the five white guys called the Jacksons."

For inspired moments like that, and a couple of other tracks where he lets his talent run wild, Lupe remains a singular hip hop voice, and Lasers is still worth a listen.

--Johnny Sharp

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Diep on 8 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
Sure enough, this album is worth buying. It's Lupe, after all! From the singles that were released, 'The Show Goes On' and 'Words I Never Said', I was expecting something quite edgy and moody from Lupe, however when I listened to 'Lasers' this was far from what I expected. If you're a Lupe fan, you probably know the history towards the eventual release of 'Lasers' - Atlantic Records was going to prevent him from releasing this, but after all the fan support the record label had no option but allow it to be made.

Consequently, the album is ultimately a quite radical direction from Lupe, possibly because of the intervening of the company forcing him to make his music 'appeal to the crowd' (in other words, become more mainstream). An example is arguably the worst track on the LP, 'State Run Radio', which sounds nothing like Lupe would have made and, while the production is stellar on this track and the rest of the album, has too much of a dance-pop feel. The chorus is embarrassing for an artist that once maintained mainstream popularity whilst staying true to its roots, and 'Lasers' has an abundance of them.

Another track that divides my opinion is 'Break the Chain'. The production is stark and dark, and Eric Turner turns a repetitive chorus into something that is quite haunting to listen to. But again, this has a different sound to anything Lupe has done before. You wouldn't find this kind of track on his previous classics, such as The Cool and Food and Liquor.

Despite this, there are many positives that save this album, and it is probably one of the strongest rap albums being released this year. One of my favourite tracks, 'All Black Everything', has the same signature sound and feel of the Old Lupe, with a wonderfully opulent Kanye West-type of production.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 30 May 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
lupe as usual introduces some interesting subjects. listening requires you to use your brain. so not the normal boring rap s***e!give it a listen ;)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Liddee on 10 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
After waiting a while, I decided to buy this album. And I don't regret it.

Maybe not you're typical hip hop / rap album, but it makes a nice change. No two songs sound the same. Some have hip hop feel, others dance, others pop/rock. Some songs even border more on singing than rap. But something that continues throughout the album are his deep, thoughtful lyrics, something that I appreciate hearing in rap rather than just sex and drugs. Although Lupe Fiasco may not be the most amazing rapper of all time, in my personal opinion, other rappers should learn a lesson from him.

I look forward to hearing more from him again as I really liked this album, would reccommend, especially if you're a fan of the likes of B.o.B.
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By Itchi on 23 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
... This album just left me wanting more! Lupe is pure rap genius. I need 'Tetsuo and Youth' in my life... NOW!!!! #patientlywaiting
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By Quickbuyer on 15 April 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Good cd got in for traveling in the car , and the words he raps about do touch home not ur usually gangster rapper
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By Jasmine on 17 Mar 2014
Format: Vinyl
I loved it. I think it's one of his best albums. It's thought provoking as well being good music which is pretty hard to come by these days. Regardless everything Lupe releases is pretty good. Recommend it!
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Format: MP3 Download
Loyalty, I love the guy and though it's not hard to see why a split opinion exists on this album, I find it a pleasure to listen to mainly and "wherever possible", Lupe has put his heart into it. 5
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Format: Audio CD
I remember seeing Lupe supporting Kanye West before anyone had even heard of him. The moment he opened his mouth and spat out "Kick, Push" I knew he was one to watch despite the entire arena heaving a massive yawn of boredom (Mindless Kanye West fan drones!)

As a hardcore Lupe fan it took me a few listens to really get the feel of this album, so this review is not written after one listen! But after listening a few times I came back to the reviews and couldn't understand why there were poor reviews, that were just rants.

This album is not in the same vein as his first two albums (Food and Liquor, and The Cool), which has drawn some very harsh reviews. Who knows if Lupe sold out to his record company and bowed down to having more mainstream beats to rhyme over, as ranted by one reviewr. We can never know, but at least this album is not as monumental a sell out as the Black Eyed Peas sold out, so the judgement of Lupe should be reserved for if he chooses to do this to his fans again on another release, then we can decide! If you take the time to listen to the lyrics on some of the tracks Lupe's message of world problems, media dumbing down of the masses, general ignorance, and the abuse of power is still there, especially in "Words I never said".

But those tracks that sound bigger and more mainstream than what is usually expected from Lupe are far from being terrible, they do what they are meant to, attract new listeners, and make you want to dance. Is that so bad?

It is a good album, which feels a little less heavier than his previous releases. But it does not deserve the harsh reviews.
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