Singer Lael Summer released her second album, “Life In Color,” today on True Groove Records. While the album is more of an EP, as it only features six songs, meaning all six songs should be standout tracks, it is more of a mixed bag.
Lael Summer Life In Color Review
The album opens with “Nothing Better,” and it’s evident from the first notes that Summer can definitely sing. The song has a country-esque twang to it, with a copious amount of drums. While I enjoyed her vocals on the track, I found the lyrics to be on the weaker side. With phrases like “I’ve got a reputation for eating real clean/ besides those french vanilla lattes from a machine,” I found myself cringing rather than enjoying the song.
“Wires,” the next song on the album, still has a twang to it, but definitely is a slower, more dramatic song than the predecessor. Luckily for Summer, the lyrics are much improved here, as Summer sexily sings, “He told me I should take it in, listen to every word he’s speaking, the wire’s getting older, I can hear the way they’re creaking.” I definitely enjoyed this song and could see it playing in a coffee shop along the likes of Lana Del Ray and Portishead.
“Unavailable,” which follows “Wires,” continues the pattern of good lyrics, with Summer intelligently singing, “Tried to make you right for me, turn a blind eye to your history.” While the lyrics were strong, my issue with this track is that it didn’t draw the listener in and wasn’t catchy.
“Count My Blessings,” which appears later on the album, features absolutely stunning vocals from Summer, where her voice truly shines. Although the song started with more amateur lyrics, where she sings, “Sometimes when I’m sad, I hurt myself,” Summer quickly recovers with the rest of the song and it truly is an enjoyable, emotional number that is likely the strongest on the record.
The other two songs include the upbeat “Life In Color,” and the fast-paced closer “Dream Machine” which, putting it nicely, is lyrically atrocious.
Overall, from listening to Summer’s album, it is clear that she is talented vocally and has potential. Unfortuantely, there are only two songs out of the six that are absolute musts in terms of hearing, and it’s simply not enough to keep the listener intrigued and interested.
You can check Lael Summer out on her website here.