LIVING COLOUR — Vivid (review)

LIVING COLOUR — Vivid album cover Album · 1988 · Funk Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
Regardless of whether you were in on the Living Colour bandwagon from the beginning or came to them late because you happened to hear Cult of Personality used as CM Punk's entrance music, there's no denying that Vivid delivers exactly what its title promises: a bright, vibrant new musical sound.

Taking funk metal a bit further than fellow pioneers like Faith No More had managed and adding a few honest-to-goodness jazz fusion influences allowed Living Colour to achieve a sound that's truly ahead of its time; I was astonished to discover that this came out in 1988 when it sounds like it'd have been just as fresh and new had it come out any time in the coming decade. With socially conscious lyrics matched with excellent musicianship, Living Colour's debut might start flagging towards the end, and the rest of the album never quite hits the heights of Cult of Personality - but I'd describe that as a five-star song leading off a solidly three-and-a-half to four-star album.
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siLLy puPPy wrote:
5 months ago
I like all their albums myself. This one was really a hard rock album. The next ones get more metal oriented. I love how every album is different. There were a few clunkers on this one though. Funny Vibe is meh.
Vim Fuego wrote:
5 months ago
It's a brilliant album this one. While the following albums were critically acclaimed, they never did much for me.

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