BY DREW LACOUTURE
In a fusion of electronic melodies and alternative rock, celebrity cat Lil Bub and her crew of musicians piece together a collection of up-beat instrumental songs in “Science and Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe.”
These ten tracks are meant to tell Lil Bub’s adventure through the universe along with what it is like being in the presence of the “magical and intergalactic” cat. Composer Matt Tobey is simply meant to be a creative vessel in which Lil Bub tells him what to perform. He along with Mike Bridasvsky (producer) and Ben Lumsdaine (drummer) tell Lil Bub’s story. This is easily one of the most hilarious concepts for an album in music history.
Whether Lil Bub and her devoted crew succeed at creating this experience is up to the listener but concept aside, these are some simple and gratifying tracks. There really is not a bad track present.
However, the second half of the album is much more interesting than the first. The smooth sound of “Science and Magic” give the listener the feeling of traveling through space, and the back to back tracks “Space Sister” and “Earth Sister” complement each other quite nicely while “Assimilation” and “Good Job” were hard to tell apart until several listens through.
Lil Bub only makes a couple of vocal appearances that just feature some cute purrs and meows. The noises are not too distracting from the music and actually manage to fit in quite nicely. This is her album after all.
Some 90’s kids might get a sense of nostalgia from listening to Lil Bub’s journey. The reason for this is that several tracks feature 16 bit synth lines.
The first minute of “Earth Sister” sounds like it came straight out of an awesome fighting game.
“New Gravity” and “Another Voyage” blends the 16 bit sounds with the modern instrumentation in a clever way. In fact, all of these songs would be great for a video game soundtrack.
“Good Job” sounds like a victory song after a mini game in the Mario Party games.
The production on the album is straightforward, but it definitely works for the playful attitude the album implies. While the drums sound a little bit tucked away at times, they sound great. The melodies are all mixed with great care and there are some groovy bass lines, especially on “New Gravity.”
The album’s only major downfall (and it is a big one) is its song structure. While every song does sound different the album is predictable because every change in the music occurs after eight measures.
On top of that, besides the spacious “Rebirth,” every song starts with a melodic line, after which the song progressively adds sounds and instruments until the last 30 seconds when the song either begins to die out or climax. It makes the album not the most exciting or diverse listen.
For those who enjoy instrumental music and are looking for a quick, fun album, give “Science and Magic: A Soundtrack to the Music.” Those who enjoy more depth in their music and have no sense of humor, steer clear of this one.
The Flyer gives “Science and Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe” by Lil Bub a 7/10.