The Second Album

The Second Album

by LatyrxLatyrx


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The big, bold, and beautiful track "Arrival" is a fantastic opener for Latyrx's sophomore release, so good and so soul-filling that the 16-year wait between the duo's albums seems vindicated. As member Lateef the Truth Speaker declares "We won't be denied/Progress is on our side" while partner Lyrics Born co-signs with "It's an awesome time for those of us who felt marginalized," it's as if the two, mostly solo and mostly social-political artists, reserve this Latyrx tag for only the most purposeful of projects. When "It's Time" hits with its speaker-grinding, bass-dropping combination of dubstep and dope advice ("It's time, for you to stop being a robot" and later, "Shoot them down like Galaga"), calling this a solid comeback would be easy, but the cohesive, all-A+ rug gets pulled out from the album soon afterwards, as things wander into free-form territory and the veteran underground crew explores the 2013 hip-hop landscape of emo, indie, and whatnot. "Exclamation Point" flirts with the idea of a hip-hop/alt-rock power ballad, "Deliberate Jibberish" delivers on its title with OutKast's attitude and tUnE-yArDs' production, while "Nebula's Eye" tosses Kanye West's idea of rap-punk for Ice-T's old Body Count style. All of these cuts are interesting, but just somewhat ill, and suddenly Latyrx don't seem so much a project or a moment in time, but more of an evolving act, featuring two artists who have diversified since their first release. Of course, if there's one thing Lateef and Born share, it's a love of progress, so shake off those expectations because the often awesome The Second Album is more concerned about opening doors than just preserving the Latyrx legacy.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: Latyramid Inc
UPC: 0887158529146
catalogNumber: 001
Rank: 108362

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Latyrx   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jeremy Ruzumna   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Joyo Velarde   Vocals,Background Vocals
Adam Theis   Trombone,Trumpet,Tuba,Keyboards
Headnodic   Background Vocals
Kaveh Rastegar   Bass,Electric Guitar
Max MacVeety   Drums
Joe Bagale   Drums
Tim Brown   Background Vocals
Trance Thompson   Background Vocals
Shaina Evoniuk   Violin
Pat Korte   Drums
Dj Aspect McCarthy   Synthesizer,Vocoder
Antonionian   Piano,Vocals
Grace Woodroofe   Vocals
Zhari Malig   Background Vocals
Kahlea Baldwin   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Cresswell   Engineer
Jeremy Ruzumna   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Brent Rollins   Artwork
Lyrics Born   Producer,Executive Producer
Adam Theis   Composer,Producer
Jel   Producer
Chris Funk   Composer,Producer
Amp Live   Producer
Kaveh Rastegar   Composer,Producer
Lateef   Executive Producer
Ethan "Headnodic" Parsonage   Engineer
G. Richards   Composer
O'Man   Producer
R. Farquhar   Composer
G. Koop   Producer
tUnE-yArDs   Producer
Forrest Day   Composer,Producer
S. GAINES   Composer
Justin Berger   Executive Producer
Dj Aspect McCarthy   drum programming
Antonionian   Producer
Sammie Fielding   Engineer
Future People   Producer
Bangerz   Producer
Tony Robles   Logo Design

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