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Whom do I go to when I want to listen to mesmerizing vocals, beats and lyrics? No one else except Roland Kent Lavoie, better known by his stage name viz. Lobo comes to my mind. In my observation over the past few years, I have noticed that a very handful of my friends knew who Lobo was. I was a bit disappointed, acknowledging that a man like Lobo, who had a voice to die for, was quite unheard of. The lyrics of his songs are out of this world, the rhythm and beats are soft and subtle (Don’t except too much bass in these songs). Among many of his hits such as “Me And You And A Dog Named Boo“, “Goodbye Is Just Another Word”, “Don’t Expect Me To Be Your Friend“, my personal favorite is “I’d Love You To Want Me“, which I’ll be reviewing today. So lets get to it.

History: “I’d Love You To Want Me” is a song from Lobo’s 1972 album “Of A Simple Man”. It was release as a single in the fall of 1972. The song peaked at the Number two position on the Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for two weeks. It was denied the top position by Johnny Nash‘s hit song, “I Can See Clearly Now“. Not surprisingly, it didn’t perform too well when released in the UK. Fortunately, Lobo re-released the song again in 1974 and it hit bull’s-eye this time, skyrocketing the song to a  commendable Number 4 position. It also topped in Austria, Germany and Canada. There is only one version of this song viz. the 4 Minute 4 Second Album Version. [Source : Wikipedia]

Review: Lobo starts with the vocals and the acoustic guitar from the start itself. The acoustic guitar is a superb touch to the song. Don’t expect anything fancy here. The song is simple, but extremely charismatic. You’ll fall for it as soon as the song starts, because of the sheer brilliance of Lobo’s vocals. If not, then the beats and the rhythm surely will.The beats merge into the song at 00:30, and stay soft and subtle till the very end. Another extremely alluring part of this song is it’s chorus (The first one starts at 00:53). The acoustic guitar and the beats merge very nicely. The lyrics of the song are totally mesmerizing. The song is VERY infectious, and has it’s own aura, spreading love and happiness all around. The second chorus starts at 01:43, and it sounds even better than the previous one, simply because of the fact that there are some extremely soft “Oooh’s” and “Aaah’s” added to it. The vocals and the tune of the song keep you hooked until the end. The instrumentals begin at 03:34, signalling the end of the song. It slowly fades OUT of your ears, but gradually fades INTO your heart. Believe me guys, this is one song you DON’T want to miss!

Rating: 10/10. Nothing more to add. Listen to the song and enjoy! I’m sure you’ll love it! Die hard romantics, BEWARE. You’ll find yourself getting a little TOO lost in the song!

Lyrics for “I’d Love You To Want Me” :

Download link for “I’d Love You To Want Me” :

Album Art

“I’d Love You To Want Me” is a song from the album “Of A Simple Man”

We all know Genesis is one of those bands with lyrics that simply make you want to cry, and ‘Mama’ is no other exception. This song has lyrics that make your hair stand on it’s ends. Mike Rutherford suggested that a psychedelic tune be added to this song, and it did wonders to it. Phil Collins is seen in a completely different perspective. From the man who sang the slow and wonderful ‘Another Day in Paradise’ to the harsh vocals in ‘Mama’, he has made a brilliant transition. So let’s get to it!

History: ‘Mama’ was the first single from Genesis’ 1983 self – titled album. The song peaked at #4 in the UK charts, and made it in the Top 10 in Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Ireland and the Netherlands (Whew!). Unfortunately (As fate would call it), it didn’t hit the bull’s eye in the US and in Germany. It peaked at a maximum of #73 in Billboard’s Hot 100, and #39 in Germany’s Top 40. The song has three variants, the 6 minute 48 seconds Album Version, the 5 minutes 19 seconds Single Version, and the 7 minute 27 seconds ‘Extended’ Version, which I will be reviewing today. This version has the famous Phil Collins’ (ha ha… oow).

What it tries to convey to us: First of all, I would like to clear the air about the meaning of this song. There is a HUGE debate ongoing on some site (I think it’s One of the groups say it’s about a baby (still in the mother’s fetus), who pleads the mother not to perform an abortion, and give him a second chance, so that he may see the outside world for real. The other group says it’s about the serious overtones of a boy who has just passed out from cadet college. He doesn’t have a mother, as she passes away at a young age. So anyways, one day he’s strolling down the street when he meets a prostitute who shockingly resembles the likes of his mother. He talks to her and tries to make their relationship a genuine mother – son one. But as it turns out, the prostitute can’t do so; even though she loves him to bits. Even though the latter argument is the ‘REAL’ meaning of the song, I personally prefer the former one. It has a LOT more meaning. I mean, just imagine; a baby who’s still in his/her mother’s womb, pleads the mother not to perform an abortion, and give him/her a second chance so that he/she might see the real light of the day. Doesn’t it just make you shiver? If you listen to the song with the meaning I like, you’ll surely love it. Doesn’t “It’s hot, too hot for me Mama” or “My eyes, they’re burning Mama; and I can feel my body shake ” make more sense when the first meaning is considered? Personally, it’s one of my ‘Most-Played’ collection.

Review: The song begins with the legendary ‘harsh drum machine’ which was suggested by Mike Rutherford (The founder of Genesis). The psychedelic tune (It’s actually a minimalist synthesizer line in minor keys) starts at 00:24. At first, the tune isn’t catchy. But it will catch on in the latter part of the song. The tune is made so that you actually feel claustrophobic (Seriously, close your eyes and try to visualize it, you’ll know what I’m talking about). Phil Collins starts the vocals at 01:04. The vocals he has given to the song add an extra dose of eeriness to the song. The lyrics are totally mesmerizing. If you listen to the song in the baby’s perspective (Yes, I know I keep mentioning that), the experience of the song will increase ten times. Phil Collins steps up the intensity at 01:53, and then the lyrics “You listen, you teach me Mama, and I know inside you care” shake you up completely. Then at 02:42, he begins his “ha ha… oww”. From 02:42 to 03:17, the tune changes completely. It becomes monotonous, but it greatly accentuates Phil Collins’ (What I call) ‘laughter’. At 03:22, he brings the song up to a greater tempo, but still lower than the actual pace of the song. After a few of his trademark “ha ha.. oow’s” from 04:11 to 04:17, the song goes temporarily to instrumental, before it resurfaces to the original tempo at 04:26. Then at 06:05, the “Don’t go” loop is initiated. It just adds so much intensity to the song. Then at 07:07, the song begins to fade gradually and ends at 07:28. What did we learn from this song? That Genesis rocks!

Rating: Why give this song a low rating, when it has a beautiful psychedelic tune, harsh beats, eerie vocals and armor piercing lyrics? So, a 10/10 its is!!

Lyrics for ‘Mama’ :

Download link for ‘Mama’ : (Right- click anywhere, click ‘Save as’)

Album Art

‘Mama’ is a song from the self- titled album ‘Genesis’

What this blog is about

What this blog is about

I don’t know if this happens to you guys, but sometimes when I hear a song, I feel like knowing what other people think about the same song. Sure, there’s the Youtube™ comment section and the Letssingit™ comment section too, but won’t it be nice if you had an ENTIRE BLOG based upon only the review of a song, alongwith the download and lyrics link? Well, that’s where I come in. Welcome to audiophileparadise, your all-in-one solution to music. Hope you’ll enjoy it! Do comment if you like the idea!!