Disconnect (2010 LP) – Leo Zero
Picture in your mind the worst Bollywood movie soundtrack ever made…that is what this album is like. I’m afraid to say that Leo Zero has officially hit an all time low.
The first time I listened to this album, I was a little unsure of what to think and I was trying to be positive. I think my initial reaction was somewhat obscure: the first lyrics you hear on track one are “Silicon chips/ate fish and chips.” Enough said.
This album definitely does not conform to any one genre – it is many, including all the bad ones like Bollywood Pop. However, there is some interesting sounding music on here as well. If you are an appreciator of the reggae genre, you should find this album entertaining. Tracks like “Ghetto Life” and “Masimba Bele” pay tribute to some of the basics of reggae – emphasis on the ‘off beat’ with some trippy syncopation, a repetitive pizzicato guitar chord, and some jiggy ‘ya mun’ sounding vocals.
Leo Zero has taken a really weird approach to this whole album in that there is some really polished production, yet the vocals sound as though they have been sung karaoke style and mixed over the top of this polished production; such is the case on the last track on the album “Message in a Bottle” (yes, a cover of the song by the incredible British band The Police – to be honest, Leo Zero murdered this song).
This album gave me a headache. I had no idea where it was going, all the tracks just suddenly started, it didn’t seem to be crafted very well or sequenced well either for that matter – it’s like listening to a mother nagging “make your bed, make your bed, make your bed…” Every track on this album consists of a beat, and melody, a weird catchy riff on the keyboard and some creepy vocals.
Do not listen to this album because it is musical suicide; your head will explode. I am giving this album a generous 2/10. It began to explore some decent musical principals, but killed them all on the execution.
Originally written for www.theaureview.com