I feel like I should make a quick update of my review, having attended the show:
seriously? after being over-hyped by a deluge of pre-photoshop quality posters and single-handedly threatening Facebook with the same manner of indiscretion that came to define the talentless horde of myspace...I maybe expected a little something. In her defense, Lizh did provide a very little something, but it was mostly an after-school special on what not to do when people are watching.
This entire experience is nothing more than a case study that will one day be used in a business school. This notion of "if you build it, they will come" is getting tired, and if the turnout on Friday is any indication - clearly we need to build something better before anyone comes.
Remember that time Lizh came out and surpassed all expectations?
Has anyone actually heard Lizh? One can't help but applaud her grasp of social networking, but there is something painfully disingenuous about an artist riding a wave of esoteric awards while proffering no audible evidence of worth. "Latin Poet of the Year by N.C.'s National Poetry Awards?" Is that not tantamount to the time I won the Hoke County World Championship in Caucasian Jump-roping? Mind you, after hearing Lizh on several occasions...the gravity of the situation becomes clear. Imagine if Erykah Badu and Jill Scott joined forces to create the ultimate super-soul singer, capable of melting hearts and faces with equal proficiency. Lizh wouldn't sound anything like that. Lizh's true sound is a throwback to Lil' Kim's vocal prowess on the chorus of "Lady Marmalade"; crafting a nearly atonal melody from grunts and other Brooklyn-born inarticulations that we can only rationalize with an emphatically punctuated 'Chromaticism!'
It would be in poor taste to make such remarks without offering up some sort of alternative. Here is a list of activities more intrinsically satisfying on a Friday night:
World of Warcraft
Buy a dog
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