Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes was best known as being the 'L' in TLC. She did, however, venture into her own solo project called Supernova
Eye Legacy seems to be intended as a tribute to Lisa's life and music with good intentions. I have listened to the album several times and I am really disappointed with it. If you have heard Supernova you will know why.
Most of the songs on Eye Legacy are simply rehashed versions of those from Supernova and have been given new names, new backing tracks and cliché new choruses.
1. Spread Your Wings - Originally "Life Is Like A Park" from Supernova. The chorus has been altered and now features Free rather than Carl Thomas. As with most of the tracks, the original is much better and makes more sense than this version.
2. In the Life - "Rags To Riches" from Supernova. The original version featured Andre Rison but now features Bobby Valentino, making it sound very typical of modern R&B music.
3. Legendary - "Untouchable" from Supernova. It featured 2Pac on Supernova but his rap has been removed for Eye Legacy. The music is bland and repetitive.
4. Let's Just Do It (feat TLC and Missy Elliot) - This song doesn't seem to have surfaced in the pase. You can tell why this is, though; it's very average. The music resembles "What About Us" by Brandy. It's on a par with "Dirty Dirty" from "3D".
5. The Block Party - Lisa's only solo single from Supernova. The version on Eye Legacy is nothing more than a remix with new chorus. The original version had many elements of originality and was moderately successful in the UK. They've stripped the track from its original state and gave it the same treatment as the rest of the tracks on this album. It sounds terrible in this form.
6. Listen - "The Universal Quest" from Supernova. This was one of the best songs from Supernova but this reworking, with the new chorus, has killed it. The annoying "plop" style music just adds to this feeling.
7. Bounce - Imagine Usher's "Yeah" crossed between most modern rap songs, with Lisa's rap added. This is what this song sounds like. Her vocals don't sound like they're from her Supernova era; they're harder than what I've heard in the past. The featuring acts on this track make it feel like Lisa is the feature and it's their track. It's about "making the club bounce". Original? Hmm.
8. Let It Out - Originally Tampered with, which was a B-Side to "The Block Party". This sounds exactly like what it is. It's vocals from one track layered over the music from another track (albeit a new one). The track goes nowhere and the chorus sounds diluted in comparison to the original.
9. Through The Pain - TLC had a B-Side/Unreleased track called "Who's It Gonna Be". Lisa's vocals seem to be taken from this track or possibly Who's It Gonna Be borrowed from another track. Either way the track is yet another average song where the chorus is the main focus, diverting your attention away from the actual point of this album (Lisa).
10. Forever - "Friends", which was another B-Side to "The Block Party". The original song was brilliant. This isn't. Dull chorus, bland music and completely undermines the original. To add insult to injury, part of this track has already been reused on TLC's "3D" album on the track "Give It To Me While It's Hot", where it is also out of place.
11. Neva Will Eye Eva - I haven't heard this track before so can only assume it was held back in the vaults or was a rejected track from previous albums. I'm unsure if Lisa would have used such a silly title for a track, though. It doesn't offer anything remotely unique or interesting. Again, Lisa is overshadowed by the featuring acts on this track. Reigndrop, Lisa's sister, features on this track.
12. LISA - "Let Me Live" from Supernova. This track doesn't divert too much from the original and, finally, doesn't feature some middle-of-the-road chorus (it doesn't have any new vocals added, it appears). Of course, the original is of a higher standard.
13. Crank It - I'm really unsure about this track, but I can definitely say I dislike it. The music wouldn't be out of place on a Rihanna album. This track also features Lisa's sister Reigndrop who, sadly, is nowhere near as talented as her older sister. The chorus and Reigndrop's addition to the song distract from Lisa's parts quite a lot.
It feels and sounds more like a poor attempt at a Supernova remix than an actual album to remember Lisa by; it sounds like it's trying to modernise an album which doesn't need modernising.
Supernova was Lisa's own work. It talks about spirituality, Lisa's beliefs and her life as a whole. On the album we find out a lot about Lisa and she does it pretty well. The album is how she wanted it. Eye Legacy is how someone else wanted it.
Lisa deserves much better.
To sum up, the album is pretty mediocre. The addition of new choruses with a `modern' edge to old songs only adds to the unoriginality of the album. Ignoring the fact that I know where most of the tracks come from, I can still only rate this album 2/5. It would be less if it wasn't for Lisa.
If you want to show your support and remember Lisa then buy Supernova
instead and look into her charity.