Elizabeth McQueen Meet Brothers Lazaroff - The Laziest Remix
Record Label: Self-released
Release Date: Jan. 21, 2014
Elizabeth McQueen is the former frontwoman for country music juggernaut Asleep at the Wheel. This disc features renditions of songs from her 2010 album The Laziest Girl in Town. Said album, which received an array of accolades in and around Texas, gets the reboot treatment from St. Louis’ soul-freakout-folk band Brothers Lazaroff, who also included their own contribution “Dreamin.” Whereas the 2010 LP was full of large-scale jazz ballads, The Laziest Remix incorporates hints of R&B and hip-hop.
How is it?
Pretty damn fabulous.
Opener “Laziest Girl in Town,” is a Cole Porter song that McQueen absolutely crushes from the very first seconds. There’s flickers of blips and bleeps that give the song an energy and pulse that’s different from the original, but never once does the song feel distorted, askew or off-kilter. Spoken word vocals from Brothers Lazaroff enter the fray near the three-minute mark and threaten to tear the song asunder, but McQueen, being the consummate pro she is, steers the song back towards the promised land and absolutely slays it. Though it borders heavily on lounge jazz, there’s still something captivating and hypnotic about her vocals and the song is a bonafide winner.
McQueen and Brothers Lazaroff sizzle on the sleek, steamy and sexy “Mind of Men,” a brassy ballad with armfuls of attitude and a cynicism that scolds, shivers and shakes from the very onset. After the snark and sass of “Mind of Men,” McQueen and company do a 360 and enter the world of doe-eyed romance on “Just Let Go.” Of all the songs thus far, this is the first where the remix sounds better than the original and actually bolsters its execution.
“You’re to Blame” shares much of the same execution as “Just Let Go” and once again finds Brothers Lazaroff’s sonic flourishes to be truly exemplary. Of all the songs on the EP few if any are stronger than the boisterous and jubilant “Gone Solid Gone,” which features first-rate guest vocals from St. Louis hip-hop artist Thelonious Kryptonite and lazy cooing from McQueen. The disc concludes with Brother Lazaroff’s original “Dreamin,” a languorous and luminescent melange of sterling vocals, shimmering guitars and an airy brilliance that lingers long after the final second.
What makes The Laziest Remix well worth revisiting is how effortless it is, how sonically deep it dives and how expertly produced it is. This is a disc with few if any flaws and armfuls of lasting impact. While both artists are probably not on the radar of most that frequent this site, those who want more from music than what’s on the surface, should certainly spend 30 minutes with this gem.