Laid Back Cool
Taking a lesson from such artists as Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Talking Heads, and Sly & The Family Stone, Boo Boo Cousins takes you there with a range of emotions, grooves, & music made for you to chill. Play what you feel; feel what you play. These songs have become personal to Boo Boo Cousins. It took every little bit of soul searching for the singer-songwriter-producer to let down his guard and put out a piece of work that touched on the subject of relationships, life (the positive & negative) and the impressions of his surroundings. Take for instance the song 'Wish I Was Still With You', a bass driven song that focuses on being reunited with a flame from the past: 'How do I say/In such a short time/I want you back in my life/I want the long version this time.' Throughout the disc the singer shows his presence singing from falsetto to a rich round tenor, harmonizing on most tunes. He plays different instruments on each song (guitar, bass, keys, drums). Achuziam Maha lends her talent & vocals on the melodic song 'Remember Lonely', with Cousins accompanying her on acoustic guitar: 'Had a lot to say tonight/couldn't remember it all/the bar closes down soon/this drink will help me recall . . . Remember lonely/lonely just came/came around for the company/came around for the change.' Boo Boo Cousins can't help but take you on a ride with the sensual and the sexual. On the title track, 'Laid Back Cool', he compliments his female companion: 'Hey lady/I'm so into you/Hey lady/You so laid back cool'. And if that's not enough he makes sure her needs are given attention: 'If it ain't smooth enough/I know just what to do/If it ain't sharp enough/I'm gonna have to go back to school' (Say What ! ! !) The ballad track tailor-made for a midnight rendezvous, 'My One Weakness', captures the singer in a vulnerable moment ready to commit to that special one: 'With you there are no secrets/let's make this one here for life . . . It's like mixing fantasy with so much reality'. The Laid Back Cool CD brings a fusion of contemporary songs with the authentic sound of years past. The Drum & Bass flavored track 'Still A Baby', is a definite reminder of 70's Soul Music mixed with London's influential style, a modern day twist. The artist sings, 'Greeted by deception/there you were with a new friend'. Sad, but true. Have you ever known the feeling of being cheated on. This song could take your blues away with the fearless guitar solo on the bridge and the outro chorus. Boo Boo's musical journey began with a simple piano lesson and an imagination as a kid growing up in NYC. He later graduated to a used 4 track recorder, learning to play different instruments along the way. The photography was captured by Al Nortey, lending his expertise in creating visual images that compliment the sound of this CD. In the very soon to be future there will be acoustic shows, live band performances and film shorts to relive the experiences of these tunes from the album. Hope to see you at the party.