Lizzo
Cuz I Love You


4.0
excellent

Review

by Scheumke USER (12 Reviews)
April 24th, 2019 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Blame it on my juice

I think I’m about as far away from Lizzo’s target group as you can get. West-European white guy, my interests in music tend to be mostly different shades of metal. I hardly ever listen to R&B and Hip-hop music and I have no peers or friends who frequently listen to these genres. Because of this, I have no idea how Lizzo’s latest falls into the big scheme of things. I don’t know if this reshapes the landscape of its respective genre, or if it is even good by comparison with its contemporaries. What I do know, is that ‘Cuz I Love You’ is a lot of fun and got me completely hooked.

The opening title song makes one thing clear from literally the first second: THIS GIRL CAN SING! I was floored by the incredible amount of detail and different vocal styles in these first three minutes alone. No matter what she does, she seems to be in complete control of her voice. The way she almost groans that second time she sings ‘I’m cryin’’ both impressed me and cracked me up at the same time. She doesn’t stop there though, for throughout the album her voice keeps being a tour-de-force that carries most of the songs to a higher level.

The album cover is particularly striking. The composition of a naked, big, black woman is eye-catching, but more importantly, it tells you exactly what to expect from the music: Pride, confidence and sometimes, a little vulnerability. On ‘Cuz I love You’ Lizzo has somehow found a way to be super confident without becoming cocky or arrogant. The main ingredients she uses to achieve this are humor and positivity. The first half of the album in particular is filled to the brim with catchy, positive and up-tempo songs that keep the energy incredibly high. The lyrical themes are also very positive and the energetic delivery makes it all infectious to the point where I found myself wanting to sing along with multiple songs. Juice is an early highlight that encompasses this perfectly. The funky beats and catchy chorus worked its way into my head and stayed there for a couple of days.

Perhaps the most interesting thing about ‘Cuz I Love You’ is how authentic it is. After listening to the record I have the feeling that I know who Lizzo is, what she is like as a person. When it comes to the lyrics, she chose to keep things very close and personal. The result of this is that every single thing she sings gets delivered in a convincing and emotionally relatable way. Soulmate for instance, feels like the answer to an existential crisis that we never got to see. The answer though, is a masterclass in loving yourself and relying on your own strengths. It is all done in a very loud and humoristic, over the top way, which keeps it from getting overly serious.

A point of criticism that I can imagine people having is also one of its main selling points: It’s very loud and proud and because if this, pretty self-centered. Even the subdued songs like Jerome and album closer Lingerie have Lizzo yelling and screaming at points. After a while this can becomes a little tedious. Yeah we know it, you can sing. For me this never became a hindrance however, because the music is just so much fun.

A little problem I did have with Lizzo’s latest is that the second half of the record feels less inspired and infectious than the first half. Exactly How I Feel for example, is just a tad less catchy or different from the songs that came before it, and Lingerie is pretty forgettable, missing a clear hook to drive the song forward. It’s a shame, because songs like Juice, Like a Girl and Soulmate are all completely different from each other, going from big-band to funk to R&B. Heaven Help Me is the exception in this weaker second half. Helped by a gospel choir, the only song that gets delivered in a genuinely serious way becomes an album highlight because of it.

Overall, ‘Cuz I Love You’ is a short album filled to the brim with fun and catchy songs. Yes, it’s loud, but it’s also self-aware, tongue-in-cheek and plain funny at times. It’s a feel good album in all its heavy bones and a sweet, juicy look at Lizzo’s state of mind and persona.



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Scheumke
April 24th 2019


705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I wanted to challenge myself again by doing something new: writing a review in a genre that is not even close to the music I usually listen to. As always, feel free to provide me with feedback if you have any!

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2019


8322 Comments


Very well written and informative review, pos.

I’ve seen this streaming somewhere.

Judging from her previous albums, she’s posing on this one too.


One tiny correction

is how its authentic it is

Perhaps this segment needs to be rephrased.

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Scheumke
April 24th 2019


705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hah, again, always one of those little buggers in there. Eddited it, thanks my man, and thanks for the pos!

alamo
April 24th 2019


1313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

great review, my exact feelings about this =^]

amazing album

Gyromania
April 24th 2019


27205 Comments


haven't heard anything by her and only know her from her twitter meltdown (" PEOPLE WHO ‘REVIEW’ ALBUMS AND DONT MAKE MUSIC THEMSELVES SHOULD BE UNEMPLOYED") which makes me not especially eager to check this out.

Scheumke
April 24th 2019


705 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Didn't even know that lol. I get why that would color your view on her music. Luckily I do make music myself so does that mean I get to keep my job lol

granitenotebook
Contributing Reviewer
April 24th 2019


900 Comments


i listen to this kind of music much more than it sounds like you do, so it makes me really happy to hear that this has crossover appeal. good review, hope to see you keep writing

LOVEANDACCEPTANCE
April 24th 2019


801 Comments


she's gotta be the biggest thing in minnesota at the moment I'd say, I should check this.

happy she's killin it

and yes people who don't make music shouldn't be able to critique, because they can't properly. you gotta have at least a baseline knowledge of the fundamentals to truly understand what makes shit great. just because your untalented ass wouldn't know nothin bout that gyro dont make it a meltdown

Gyromania
April 24th 2019


27205 Comments


https://images.app.goo.gl/ueDzwYF8cwYshjTQ9

JayEnder
April 24th 2019


3855 Comments


“she’s gotta be the biggest thing in Minnesota”

literally

sorry I’ll go

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nolerthebowler
April 24th 2019


3588 Comments


everyone has different reasons to listen to tunes, so the opinion of a non-musician can be just as valid as a musician. plus if you listen to a lot of music, you have latent knowledge of music that you may not even realize. buuuut, its still silly to act hyper-knowledgable about a song that you can't even break down musically.

randomly listened to the first track yesterday, girl's got pipes. lyrics are eh tho.

CygnusX1
April 24th 2019


526 Comments


So if I'm employed now and want to review an album should I quit my job first? Or do I have to make one shitty song before I'm allowed to post my opinion on any music? Please Lizzo, what would make you happier

nolerthebowler
April 24th 2019


3588 Comments


Writing about music and being a musician are different skillsets. Writing is more about translating musical ideas to a wider, possibly non-musical, audience.

Morpha
April 24th 2019


55 Comments


I'm disappointed this isn't a black metal album

MO
April 24th 2019


22574 Comments


"sorry I’ll go"

why it's funny lol

Sauce
April 24th 2019


910 Comments


don't love her music per se but holy shit her coachella set was incredible. one of the best acts i saw. i may never voluntarily listen to this album but i would totally see her live again.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 24th 2019


12114 Comments


Sauce I was at that same set, hard agreed

Itwasthatwas
April 24th 2019


1555 Comments


hideous album cover tbh, overeating and being lazy isn't an artistic statement

JayEnder
April 24th 2019


3855 Comments


^ Jesus Christ my sides

alamo
April 24th 2019


1313 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

by your reaction it clearly is an artistic statement



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