Supernova エクスプリシットな歌詞, インポート
Supernova, the debut album from this famously combustible member of R&B group TLC isn't the out of this world experience its title suggests, though it has its stellar moments. The singer who pleaded guilty to arson on her boyfriend's home, visited rehab twice and dueted with Mel C positions herself firmly as a rapper not a singer. This is a problem because she can't really rap. Which may explain why Tupac spookily pops up on "Untouchable", a track he apparently produced. Tupac died in September 1996, which gives you some idea of how long Left Eye's solo project has been in gestation. Supernova's best cut is undoubtedly the oriental influenced first single "Block Party" with its high-pitched Chinese chorus. Also good and very much in the P Funk for the new millennia vein of Outkast is "Jenny" and the introspective "Universal Quest" which benefits from Esthero's sharp background vocals. However tracks such as "I Believe In Me" and "A New Star" Is Born have as much depth as cardboard as Ms Lopes blurts out self-affirmation after self-affirmation. Fame and too much Oprah Winfrey have turned her into a rap version of Ronald Dahl's "me me me!" character Veruca Salt. Unlike other artists such as Missy Elliot or India.Arie, Left Eye isn't saying anything. The clichéd "Rags To Riches" gives a potted personal history (I was a drug dealer, had a poor background etc.) but Lopes could be reading from a crib sheet. Compare this to Macy Gray's "Sweet Baby", which doesn't lean on a personal CV to convince you of her artistic credibility. Sadly Supernova doesn't contain a cover of Talking Heads' "Burning Down The House". --Jake Barnes
TLC's Left Eye finally got the solo bug out of her system by creating a solo album she can call her own and not have to wait up for her sisters to coordinate and compromise. Arista president L.A. Reid personally took charge of the proceedings to help her create the kind of record Lisa had always wanted to make. The spotlight is squarely on Lopes rapping ability and she took up the challenge with verve and moxy. The tragedy of her sudden passing makes the future success of the album bittersweet.
L'album Supernova è un progetto solista di Lisa Lopes in collaborazione con altri artisti. Secondo me la canzone più bella è "A New Star is Born".
Lo consiglio agli appassionati di R'N'B soprattutto quella old, perché al giorno d'oggi la musica è abbastanza scadente come testi, suoni e messaggi.
When I played LE for a 90s Tribute Show in the Fall of 2014, it required me to do research on her performance, wardrobe and rap style and from there I became invested and in love! Since then I've became a die-heart Lisa Left Eye Lopes fan! It saddens me that when I realized her potential she was already gone 10+ years later. I never got a chance to meet her and and appreciate her while she was alive, (and life is quite short) but grateful that God has given her a spotlight to share her words with us so that millions of us can love her (and keep on her legacy til this day!) Maybe I'll visit her grave site and show respect.
But I peeped a few songs via YouTube before buying this album. Although this album DOES NOT reach her full potential, and that buying this most likely won't be going to her estate, I'm buying it to support Lisa's legacy anyway. She deserves it. And the lyrical content is timeless. The overall production doesn't do it for me, but may have worked in that time period. "Hot", "I Believe In Me", "A Star is Born", "Universal Quest" and "Life is Like a Park" is probably the best songs on that album because it would probably be most relevant today production and lyrical wise. Untouchable is spooky to listen to knowing that both of these artists are deceased and why in the world would she make a song with ANDRE RISON?! UGH! But anyway, OK solo album.
I think T-Boz and Chili should still do that 3-CD set challenge and include Supernova (un-edited / maybe remaster) to truly recognize this album. I think that's the only way they can involve Lisa unless they have unreleased tracks that they've done with her... not like how they did with 3D where they sampled her voice, but actual songs they've done TOGETHER. That'll be a good gift to the world for their final album. I commend them for still keeping the TLC mission going, 20+ years later. RIP Lisa. Left Eye forever and always.
UPDATE (03/09/15): So when I made the initial review, I went off from the listening to the songs via YouTube, not really listening to it in it's entirety, but now that I actually have the album, I wanna so it's JUST EXCELLENT. I LOVE IT, I LOVE HER. Listening to it in it's entirety as well as in it's proper quality changed my mind a little bit. I definitely think it has potential to hit the airwaves or AT least to be sold in the US. As a hip hop artist myself I love the various topics she's talks about, love the inflections and flows and production is good too. My new favorites are Breathe (bonus), Let Me Live, & Jenny. Overall I love it~ All of the songs has fun story lines, and I can really understand the mind of Lisa, I can see her frustrations and wanting to "improve the quality of lives." Really wish that we had this in hip hop today. But it would probably considered too positive. But I love it, overall. Really appreciate this album and Lisa. Thank you Lisa.
- Jovan Landry (@jlesliemonique)
With the exception of a few cuts, this CD showcases Left Eye's amazing rap and lyrical skills in a way we probably would never see within the bounds of TLC, so if you're expecting to hear smooth stuff like "Creep" and "Waterfalls", you won't find it here. A bold statement of confidence, it seemed as if she felt she had something to prove, because she addresses some extremely personal issues in some of her raps that are very telling. She even talks about the internal troubles in the group ("I Believe In Me"), and the message pretty much expresses to her TLC sisters: "Hey, recognize...I love TLC, but I have a professional life beyond this group...don't be upset because I choose to live it." She may very well have been saying that to them because with all the people she thanked on the album, she didn't mention them once. But then at the very bottom of the liner notes she says: "If there's anyone I forgot, please forgive me." Take that as you will.
There is a collaboration with her on again-off again boyfriend football star Andre Rison, "Rags To Riches" which is interesting, but to me Rison's presence was kind of annoying. Also the late Tupac Shakur, who dated Lisa for a while, is included on a track called "Untouchable", where Left Eye does a Natalie Cole: adding her vocals to an old track that featured Shakur and making it into a Left Eye featuring 2Pac song. "True Confessions" really shows Left Eye's ability to tell a story through her raps. I found the best songs on this CD were the dance jams "Hot!" and "Jenny", the spirituality of "The Universal Quest" and the haunting "A New Star Is Born", where she talks about death and is dedicated to her deceased father. Instead of straight rapping, she speaks over the music about how her life was affected by him. What is especially sad is when she says "So, Dad, I know you're listening...how ya been? Oh, I'm doin' fine...just passing time...submerged in sin...Everytime I take a bath, I just get all dirty again...and tryin' to cleanse my mind, cleanse my soul, and get in...into that place you've been. No, I'm not tryin' to rush anything...I just wanna visit you...because I miss you." This song makes me cry each time I hear it.
It's heartbreaking, because aside from the fact that Lisa was recording with TLC again (which was great news to fans of the group, like me) now we know that Lisa unfortunately would get her wish to see her father sooner than she might have expected. It will bring a tear to your eye. The world lost a great talent in Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. For those of you who never really understood her, listening to TLC is cool. But SUPERNOVA is really Lisa's musical legacy. If you want to get to know the REAL Lisa - the Lisa beyond the media chatter and the drama - you have to get this. Like a female Marvin Gaye, she reveals her inner self to us, and you feel like you really know her. Maybe this was something that most TLC fans weren't ready for, but I am grateful that she made this CD because there was more to her persona than what you saw or read about her in the tabloids. After hearing it, you will no doubt comprehend this "crazy" chick a little more. RIP Left Eye!!
In SUPERNOVA, she has a lot to say like in the song, "I BELIEVE IN ME", where she basically expresses judgement that has been made towards her about misunderstandings and tribulations that she faced like with TLC and things that she did behind the scenes for TLC and BLAQUE from image, style, direction, and creation. "THE UNIVERSAL QUEST" is a very insightful songs. You have to sit down and listen to the poeticism from her lyrics. The song is about looking within yourself for simple answers to your problems in life and not relying on other things to turn you astray from yourself. Listen to the lyrics. It's deep. "LIFE IS LIKE A PARK" is a very strong song lyrically that is a statement to abusees that your life is worth living and you are better than abuse. It has a great message of looking in the mirror and dealing with your self-worth and not letting someone abuse you. "HOT" and "Let Me Live" are songs that spark a flame to her lyrics.
This album is a great album. If you want a writer/arranger/rap vocalist/poet that can deliver unique and diverse packages of music, then appreciation Lisa Lopes and buy this creative album.
Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes steps away from her group TLC to establish her own creativity and identity with SUPERNOVA. But it's sad that we will be blind to what more she could have done within her 30 1/2 years on this earth as a human being. Being the unique and eccentric poet-driven rap vocalist that she was and will be remembered for, she didn't need to follow the traditional pattern of rapping that most female rap vocalists take. She used her poetic words and established her tone, setting, and path. Listening to this album will take a person of open-mindedness in being able to appreciate words and expression, instead of "how hard the album sounds". The album goes way beyond the beats. It about the LYRICS.
There are a lot of songs on this album that you have to pay attention to LYRICALLY. A lot of people don't do this, but they really need to. DON'T BE DEAF TO THE WORDS. LIFE IS A LIKE A PARK is a deep expression of Lisa preaching to women about making the choice of life, not death, due to being abused in a relationship. THE UNIVERSAL QUEST is a deep expression of Lisa poetically saying that you must rely on yourself for faith, peace, equality, Jesus, and the answers to your problems. Don't live your life under someone's policy, rules, or obligations. This is your life. You determine your destiny. I BELIEVE IN ME is a deep expression of Lisa explaining the misunderstandings and judgement of her perception of the group, nosy media in TLC's business, the price of unnecessary fame and fortune, and her contributions to the BLAQUE, TLC, and all that incorporated in those two groups and other things that people don't know about or realize. A NEW STAR IS BORN is a deep expression of Lisa saying that when someone dies, their spirit still exists among the earth. "I don't believe in death, I believe that we transcend...."(Lisa Lopes). Songs like HOT and LET ME LIVE go with the flow with Lisa showing that she can roll in with other rap chicks and can keep up with them. THE BLOCK PARTY is the most eccentric-sounding song on the album. With using an Earth, Wind, and Fire sample, she flows along with an old-school groove and eclectic-sounding background vocals.
SUPERNOVA-a rare celestial phenomenon involving the explosion of most of the material in a star, resulting in an extremely bright, short-lived object that emits vast amounts of energy
SUPERNOVA is a definite definition of her as a woman, individual, and human being.