"Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do" by Major Lazer

Major Lazer
Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do

Downtown Music, LLC
2009

Review

According to Wikipedia, "Major Lazer is a fictional animated character, who (according to press releases) fought as a Jamaican commando and lost his arm in a secret zombie war in 1984. He fights vampires and various monsters, parties hard, and has a rocket-powered hoverboard." I think that that sums up the state of mind of most of the songs on this excellent compilation of songs that will have you smiling and laughing out loud while simultaneously having the urge to get up and dance.

[I know that this album isn't not exactly Rock music but unfortunately I don't listen to enough Reggae or Dancehall (genres where this album would probably make more sense appearing under) nor do we have a writer who specializes in those genres to add it to. Besides, alternative radio plays plenty of Reggae - too bad they don't play anything off this one though]

If you are looking for subtlety in your music, you should probably look elsewhere than this album. For example, the song "Mary Jane" is about smoking weed. Let me quote some lryics for you:

Hello Mary Jane
I can't get you off my brain
Take my higher than a plane
You're so sweet like sugar cane
You make me fly like air jamaca
You make me sing like anita baker

Here's another example: the song "Bruk Out" is about a player picking up and taking an eager woman back to his place. Here are some lyrics:

I met Jill
She was a stripper
I told her my name was jack the ripper
She said she heard that I was a good tipper
And she wanted to undo my zipper

...and because good things come in threes, here are some lyrics from not only the dirtiest song on the album but pretty much the dirtiest song I've heard this year "What You Like":

When we beat it up like a fight
I does she like
She love it like our life
I does she likes
Scream till she has no voice
I does she likes

...ok, I think I've made my point =)

Yes, this album is crude. But it is hilarious and it is honestly just a whole lot of fun to listen to. If you like dancehall at all, or even if you are just a passing fan the sound of M.I.A. or Santogold - even if you only like "Paper Planes", you are going to be very happy with this one.

The songs alternate between pure reggae, pure dancehall, and sometimes they remind me of the work of Thievery Corporation. Seriously this has to be one of the most fun to listen to albums that I heard all of 2009 and if you can have a sense of humor about the salacious content (content that vacillates between getting down, getting high, getting down while high, partying in the club, making money and in a few more somber moments struggling to make enough money to escape the hardships of poverty - ok that last one is only one song).

Definitely worth a look.

3.750 out of 5

Track Ratings

1. Hold the Line (feat. Mr Lex & Santigold) (03:39) 3
2. When You Hear the Basslne (feat. Ms Thing) (03:18) 3
3. Can't Stop Now (feat. Mr. Vegas & Jovi Rockwell) (04:03) 4
4. Lazer Theme (feat. Future Trouble) (02:31) 3
5. Anything Goes (feat. Turbulence) (03:13) 5
6. Cash Flow (feat. Jah Dan) (04:06) 5
7. Mary Jane (feat. Mr. Evil & Mapei) (03:27) 4
8. Bruk Out (feat. T.O.K. & Ms. Thing) (02:54) 4
9. What U Like (feat. Amanda Blank & Einstein) (02:24) 4
10. Keep It Goin' Louder (feat. Nina Sky & Ricky Blaze) (03:46) 4
11. Pon de Floor (feat. VYBZ Kartel) (03:33) 3
12. Baby (feat. Prince Zimboo) (01:17)
13. Jump Up (feat. Leftside & Supahype) (03:43) 3
14. Zumbie (feat. Andy Milonakis) (04:01)
15. When You Hear the Bassline (dance Area remix) (feat. Ms. Thing) (06:48)
16. When You Hear the Bassline (dance Area remix dub version) (feat. Ms. Thing) (05:51)
17. Hold the Line (Toadally Krossed Out remix) (feat. Santigold & Mr. Lex) (02:54)