Boston bred, Los Angeles-based multi-hyphenate Lyric Jones launched her third studio album Gas Money in tribute to the artistic struggle, the fight for the bare minimum in a lopsided world and as a nod to she and her creative partner Nameless’ side jobs as drivers.
A Berklee trained musician, Lyric is a rare bird. Between constructing melodies, weaving together beautifully intricate lyrics and employing a delightful variety of rhythms, listeners are treated to an album as cerebral, conversational, relatable and unflinchingly honest as any in recent history.
Whether demanding her worth on “All Mine,” engaging in a masterful back and forth with Guilty Simpson on “Game Ova” or serving up relatable worker’s reprises on “Bottomless Mimosas” and “Adulting,” Lyric comes across on her songs like a friend who knows and cares enough to share. The effortless origin storytelling on “Beantown (Still Lovin’ It)” will make you envy the Bostonians who got to live what Lyric describes in the song.
Overall, Gas Money is a great listen, and music that deserves to be heard.
by Darryl Crews