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Review: Lil Louis & The World ‎– From The Mind Of Lil Louis

Lil Louis & The World ‎– From The Mind Of Lil Louis is a classic acid house album that was an international hit across the globe when it was released in 1989. This was the album which had the sexually provocative house hit French Kiss. A smooth house hit called Nice & Slow was included on this album. The deep dark religious song Blackout, which was a hit in rave clubs, showcased a much darker side of Lil Louis. Also this album is known for the zany, goofy love song I Called U.

One thing is for sure is that this album is still ahead of its time today. The house of music today cannot hold a candle to this album. It stands the test of time in today’s music and climate. Lil Louis is a genius and sure has a unique eclectic taste in music.

I Called U (But You Weren’t There) is a hilarious electronic song is about an ex-girlfriend trying to get back into Lil Louis’ life by stalking him. She continuously calls him over the phone. She gets into his business by stalking him every chance. Some call this song the “ballad of the psycho ex-girlfriend”. The vocals are what make the song unique. The song is definitely something that the guys can definitely relate to. Both genders can relate to this song also. Some call this song the “ballad of the psycho ex-girlfriend”.

The song begins with a telephone ringing. Lil Louis picks up the telephone to answer whoever is calling. A man in the back asks Louis if that is another prank call. Read the lyrics below.:

Lil Louis: Hello…. hello?
Man in the background: Louis, is that another crank call?
Lil Louis: No, I know who it is.
Lil Louis hang up the telephone

Apparently an ex-girlfriend is stalking Lil Louis wondering about his whereabouts as she now wants him back in her life again. She calls him over and over again everyday. Now she wants him back in her life. She leaves a messages on his answering machine which is “I called you but you weren’t there.” Of course this annoys him to no end.

His ex-girlfriend confronts him on the phone by asking “I called you but you weren’t there.” Lil Louis tells her, “Well I was out taking care of business.” She questions where he went by asking him “Where did you go?” Lil Louis tells her “It’s not your place to ask me that anymore.” She asks him, “Why not?” He proceeds to tell her, “Because where I go and with home is no longer your concern.” However his ex-girlfriend knew he was not taking care of business. She obviously knows his whereabouts. She lets him know this by saying, “You weren’t out taking care of business.” Lil Louis asks her “And how do you know?” She proceeds to tell him she was following him in her blue car with the famous/infamous line “I followed you in my blue car.”

Lil Louis’ response to her is “Oh did you now?” She then asked him, “Who were you with last night? Was it someone I know?” He responds by saying, “Look. Don’t ask me that.” She asks him, “Why can’t we start again?” Lil Louis clearly does not want anything to do with her anymore. He has moved on with his life.

Her responses were “I called you but you weren’t there.” and “Why can’t we start again?” He responds by saying, “Look. Don’t ask me that.” Her response was “I called you but you weren’t there.”

If you listen closely to her vocals over the phone, she sounds as if she were drunk. She says, “Why not?”, “Why can’t we start again?”, “Where did you go?”, “Who were you with last night? Was it someone I know?”, “You weren’t out taking care of business”. and “I followed you in my blue car.” in a slow slurred manner.

I Called U (But You Weren’t There) is a hilarious electronic song that uses a house soundscape. A piano accompanies the house soundscape along with a saxophone. An Afro-centric percussion ensemble is used. Djembe, shakers, conga, and bongos are used. The vocals are what make the song unique along with the Afro-centric percussion which is used.

I Called U (But You Weren’t There) charted at #16 on the BillBoard in the UK in January 1990 and at #23 in Ireland in January 1990. I Called U (But You Weren’t There) also charted at #48 on the BillBoard in Belgium in March 1990. The song was a hit in several European countries in 1990.

Nyce & Slo uses a repetitive house soundscape. The song’s tempo transitions from downtempo to mid tempo pretty quick. Tempo transitions back and forth from downtempo to mid tempo and back downtempo. Tony Humphrey co-produced this song with Lil Louis in 1989 just before the release of his debut album. Peter Black is the person playing the piano and Lil Louis is in charge of the vocals.

The repetitive nature of this song many annoy listeners and detract them away from listening to this song entirely. Of course this might cause listeners to skip the song completely which is understandable.

Vocals change as well as frequency is changed throughout the song. The woman’s voice who is saying, “Boy. Boy. Boy.” is soon muffled over by Lil Louis saying, “Okay. Okay. Okay.”. This is because Lil Louis and Tony Humphrey were trying to give us a futuristic electronic experience with club music. The bass line is muffled pretty cleverly.

The song had people acting wild and crazy on the dance floor in not just Chicago, but in other countries across the globe. Nyce & Slo is a fine example of Chicago house. Of course Nyce & Slo is a very sexual song and a straight club banger!

French Kiss is the song which made Lil Louis an international underground house music sensation and is a sexually provocative house hit. French Kiss is the song which was an underground house music sensation on an international level in the late 1980s and early 1990s. As a whole, French Kiss is a 10 minute long electronic music based instrumental blended with a mixture of house music and techno. This song defined Chicago house music back in the 1980s. It’s a perfect acid house jam.

The orgasmic part of the song is the best part. It’s the part with the female moaning. That’s the most sexually explicit part of the record and is considered to be the most memorable part of the song which leaves a long lasting memory in people’s minds.

The song Blackout has a deep house sound mixed with electronic music and dance. The deep dark religious song Blackout, which was a hit in rave clubs, showcased a much darker side of Lil Louis. Back in 1989, the song was played around the world in nearly every club and at every party. Its uplifting vocals are what really energize the song. The song Blackout utilizes a time signature of 4|4.

However Lil Louis gets in touch with his religious side by quoting some scriptures from the Christian Old Testament book. Such as mentioning The Lord is my shepherd from Psalm 23. Psalm 23 is the 23rd psalm of the Book of Psalms.

The first verse quotes the beginning of from the Christian Old Testament and Book of Psalms.

[Verse 1]

The Lord is my shepperd, I shall not want
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
He leaded me beside the still waters
He restoreth my soul
He leaded me in a path of righteousness
For His name’s sake
Yeah
Though I walk to the valley of the shadow of death
I will fear no evil, for thou art with me
Thy rod and thy staff comfort me
Thou preparest a table before me, in the presence of my enemies
Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup’s runneth over
Surely goodness and loving kindness
Shall follow me all the days of my life
And I will dwell in the House of the Lord
Forverer

In the middle of the song is where Genesis 1:1-10 is quoted. Revelation 6:12 is quoted as well. These are the scriptures listed below.

[Genesis 1:1-10]

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
And the earth was without form and void
And darkness was above the face of the deep
And the spirits of God moved upon the face of the waters
And God said “let there be light”, and there was light

[Revelation 6:12]

And I beheld when he opened the sixth seal
And Lord there was a great earthquake
And the sun became black a sackcloth of hair
And the moon became as blood
And the stars of heaven fell to the earth even as
A fig tree casts her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind
And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together
And every mountain and island were moved out of their place

The message at the end of the song tells us to seek out the truth. The message at the end of the song is “The truth is now, don’t wait, too late to wake up” .

Wargames sounds similar to sound bites from a 16-bit video game. Lil Louis added in the auto-wah effect to blend in with the upbeat pace. Techno synths in the middle give the song a futuristic vibe and feel.

I rate this album 5/5*****!!

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