Lulu216 – “Critics” – Single Review
From the moment the innovative & creative samples started the music of Lulu216’s new single “Critics” I was pretty much hooked already…the heading from that to the confident way she approaches the mic on the first verse, right into the empowering chorus and message and topped off with a solid assist from a guest-star…like, what’s NOT to like about this cut? Then you start reading social-media clips and biographies online…and you find even MORE reasons to like Lulu216. As it turns out, she’s a gorgeous soul…one that’s battled the judgment & criticisms of society as she grew up…and one that’s strong enough to have come out on the other side smiling at her “Critics” with every reason to be proud of the person she’s grown-up to be. A talented, self-taught solo artist who now inspires others to embrace their spirit and celebrate the beautiful people they are – Lulu216 makes music that’s one-part beat, hooks & lyrics…and the other part is made of spiritual healing.
“Critics” delivers a strong narrative and personal tale in a relatable way that I think will reach many people. The hook of the chorus is seriously sharp…kind of Rihanna-esque in a way with that call-and-echo technique working major magic; highly inviting rhythm and flow of the vocals keeps the spotlight centered firmly on the star of the track. Lulu216 sounds audibly determined, empowered and like she really lives the advice she’s doling out on the mic…it sounds real to us, because it IS real to her. And it makes all the difference in the world – hearing her sincerely put power into these words, knowing she means and stands behind each one with the intent to help others gets a ton of respect from me. I think the message is a strong one…not to summarize it all too much, but generally speaking, it’s about staying true to yourself and treating your uniqueness as the advantage it is in life. People are gonna find a way to hate on something in almost any situation these days…and this song is a solid response to that…solid advice on how to just tune it all out and stay the course, focused on whatever it is you want in life.
Hard to ignore just how strong the pull of the chorus-hook is though…gotta admit, “Critics” is usually a little outside of the normal for what’s on my personal playlist…but quite honestly, I think the hook straight sunk into my skin and pulled me in on this one. From there, I got right into the skillful, confidence in the opening verse from Lulu216 and really started to appreciate the words, then digging on the guest-star in the final third of the track. Lots happening in “Critics” to appreciate…I love the delivery of the dude rappin’ at the end…the tone & the drama in his voice does wonders to keep the energy up to the max towards the final minute and run through of the hooks once more.
Seems like positive vibes, intentions and ambitions yield positive results! I’ve had a great time listening to the seriously amazing beat & sample combination of “Critics” – and the vocals continued to impress. Lulu216 definitely has an audible passion and determination you can actually hear – and you can hear how important these words are in the way she expresses them. Smartly arming herself with words…it’s artists like this that are bound to inspire real change out there in the people…I think Lulu216 has some real leadership potential and could go on to be an extremely positive force out there in music today. If she sticks to what’s making her unique with the relatable music/message combination that is favoring her so well on “Critics” – there’s a good chance that she’s going to have a ton of people looking up to her…and for all the right reasons.
Dig the message, dig the vibe, the beat, the writing, the performance, the delivery…Lulu216 has this one nailed…”Critics” puts the best of her overall empowering message out there for all to hear loud & proud with a versatile beat, clever hooks & overall powerful display from a passionate and inspiring artist.
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