I have never wanted to be a teenager more; just imagine having Labrinth’s music while in the most formative years of your life.
Major possibility that the name Labrinth sounds familiar (and no I don’t mean because of the David Bowie film); Labrinth has previously composed a brilliant musical score for the TV show Euphoria and has collaborated multiple times with Sia. He has also created, what could only be described as “the saddest song to ever exist”, with “Jealous”. Yet, none of that compares to his latest endeavor, an album by the name Imagination & The Misfit Kid.
As the sun’s lopsided and the birds fly sideways
And I shake the sky with a Heavenly smile on my face
And I draw up Picassos and I spray paint Banksys
And we live on L-O-V-E like it was our salaries
And we plant these seeds that we call ideas
And they grow like trees, bearing fruits on twigs
And we just don’t leave ’cause we like it here
Making shack of love inside our heads
Allow me to make the grandest of statements: Labrinth has officially dropped the best album of 2019.
Don’t you dare listen to this album for the first time, in anything other than the order it was intended. To play it on shuffle on the first time would be considered criminal behavior. This album feels like a perfect snapshot of a specific time in Labrinth’s life. It all feels like one cohesive concept that allows itself to beautifully transition from one thought to the next. In one song he’s tackling falling in love, in the next he exclaims in regards to his frustrations with Hollywood, then he finds himself celebrating his accomplishments. It all feels personally-specific, yet Labrinth finds the smallest moments to become absolutely relatable.
The album grabs your attention immediately with the dreamy, “Imagination”. This song provides the perfect example that Labyrinth can turn the shortest of songs into the most brilliant and complicated journeys. With a few songs coming in under two minutes and thirty seconds (and some even at less than a minute), Labrinth utilizes every last second. “Juju Woman” finds its pleading lyrics and his haunting vocals in a way that capture the entirety of your attention.
Dancer, I know you’re happy, I know you’re free
And I got something worth more than your compatibility
You may don’t know you’re livin’ in a dream
With some ambition or do you enter royalty?
‘Cause money makes the world go ’round
“Something’s Gotta Give” is the embodiment of chaotic energy when it comes to the musical composition, but the many musical influences that can be heard force you out of your seat. This song gives you the perfect amount of joyful-funk, mixed with the church choir that elevates the energy and just enough soul to lift your spirits. “Mount Everest” is haunting in its confidence; it allows the ego to take control without sounding condescending or vain.
Mount Everest ain’t got shit on me
Mount Everest ain’t got shit on me
‘Cause I’m on top of the world
I’m on top of the world, yeah
Labrinth allowed the misfit kid to run wild on this album and we are so much better for having experienced it. His lyrics are the purest example of poetry and his musical compositions refuse to be defined by one genre. Imagination & The Misfit Kid is career-defining album, it gives you a glimpse of the kind of artist that Labrinth is, while still leaving you wanting more. Allow yourself to take the musical journey of a lifetime and kick your Monday off with the best album of 2019.