K. Flay
Life As A Dog


3.5
great

Review

by Lettuce USER (4 Reviews)
July 21st, 2014 | 7 replies


Release Date: 10/10/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Not the second coming of Jesus, but still pretty good.

Kristine Flaherty (better known by her stage name K. Flay) is a female rapper/singer from Wilmette, Illinois and an alumna at Stanford University in California. She began rapping as a joke, but decided she rather enjoyed it and wanted to pursue a career in music. Her debut studio album Life as a Dog is a difficult album to describe. It fails to consistently stay within a specific genre for much of its nearly 45 minute run time, but that isn’t always a bad thing. One of the most enjoyable facets of the record is Flay’s ability to transition from dreamy, indie-pop crooning to spacey, near trip-hop rapping, often within one song. And while not every song is a resounding success, the high points tower over the failures.

The greatest aspect of the album is easily the production, and the versatility exhibited is worth the price of entry alone. In album highlight “I’m Good” synthesizers combine seamlessly with jangly electric guitar over clashing drums while melodic keys weave their way in and out, and you have no choice but to be truly mesmerized by the outstanding foundation set for K. Flay to rap over. And it is then that the album’s weakest link is found.

K. Flay is certainly not the greatest lyricist, and she falls into the category of rappers-whose-production-saves-them-from-mediocrity. While she isn’t terrible, and her flow and style are genuinely enjoyable to listen to, her lyrics are certainly nothing to write home about. Her biggest problem is that for every great lyric there is an equally awkward or flat-out poorly written lyric. In “Wishing It Was You” she goes from great or passable lyrics such as I don't need a wedding, let's stay home instead/ We can both confess things we've never even said, to bizarre or awful lyrics such as sucking on a bottle of Jim Beam wishing it was you. This lyrical inconsistency is found throughout the entirety of Life as a Dog, and while it is never apparent enough to warrant skipping a song or turning off the album entirely, it is certainly a detractor from the overall experience.

Life as a Dog isn’t the most revolutionary album of all time, or even the best hip-hop or indie album of the year, but it is certainly worth a listen if only for the absolutely fantastic production. Fans of indie-pop, pop rap, trip-hop, or spaced-out production should find at least one aspect to enjoy here, which is where the album’s greatest success lies. Sure K. Flay is a rapper, but this isn’t just a hip-hop album.

Recommended Tracks:
Everyone I Know
Make Me Fade
I’m Good
Time For You


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Lettuce
July 21st 2014


123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

First review, for the review a random album game. Lemme know how it is.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2014


3545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

dude this is sweet. def a solid summary of what makes the album good (although I disagree with the disdain for the jim beam line, as I think that's a super great lyric), and I'm glad you enjoyed this. have a pos

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Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 21st 2014


6571 Comments


Excellent work man, pos'd. Damn impressive for a first review too I will add.

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Lettuce
July 21st 2014


123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks for the feedback! I dunno what it is about that line that just really turns me off. The production is so fucking sweet though.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
July 21st 2014


3545 Comments

Album Rating: 3.8

If you like this production definitely check her What if it Is EP, as it's less introspective and more straight hip-hop jams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95TQ-KS3Mq0

Lettuce
July 21st 2014


123 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Something about her lyrics dont appeal to me, i dont know what it is.

LambsBread
July 21st 2014


3913 Comments


she has a good verse on Eligh's track "Shine"



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