VERBAL – Visionair

Verbal Visionair

Release Date: March 16, 2011

Track Listing

  1. Vision In the Air
  2. Black Out feat. Lil Wayne & Namie Amuro
  3. I Can’t Help Myself
  4. Ball N Bounce
  5. Dope Boy Fresh
  6. Fall Out feat. Shunya
  7. Hey Mister feat. Minami (CREAM)
  8. I Want It All
  9. Change Change feat. Nicki Minaj
  10. Stomp Dem Roach
  12. You Are…
  13. I See You
  14. Nothing
  15. Some Other Place feat. Drake


When the “m-flo loves” series of albums ended with Cosmicolor many were left wondering what exactly would the future hold for VERBAL and Taku. Well it turns out both ended up working on solo projects. VERBAL is first out of the gate with Visionair. An album that features collaborations with many artists from the Urban and Electronic music genres.

When you look at the track listing you do see some familiar partners such as Namie Amuro and Mademoiselle Yulia along with some unlikely ones such as Lil Wayne and Drake. These parings definitely make for an interesting mix of songs. The overall sound is similar to what you would currently hear from the Black Eyed Peas with the strong Electro Hip-Hop influence.

Unlike the Peas VERBAL’s tracks have a much more aggressive feel to them. Prime examples are Black Out, Ball N Bounce and Fall Out. There’s also a bit of more conventional Hip-Hop in the form of Hey Mister and Change Change and some more club ¬†oriented songs such as Dope Boy Fresh and Stomp Dem Roach. These kinds of tracks are spread throughout the album and help keep one from getting Electro overload.

There are a couple of mis-steps on Visionair as VERBAL tries to pull a Kanye West with I Can’t Help Myself abusing the auto-tune and vocoder. Not exactly the best result out of that experiment but nice try. Speaking of abuse, we also have Drake’s over effected vocals ruining an otherwise good song in Some Other Place.

Outside those small setbacks this album is definitely worth picking up whether your a m-flo or Hip-Hop fan or not.


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