Originally created 10/09/01

Lyte Funky Ones a light listen



LFO, LIFE IS GOOD

MEMBERS: Rich Cronin, Brad Fischetti and Devin Lima

PRODUCERS: Sheppard, Pop Rox, Kenny Gioia, Dow Brain and Brad Young

RECORD LABEL: J Records

FINAL GRADE: D

Once high in the boy-band rankings, right after 'Nsync, Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees, LFO gives a disappointing presentation with its new CD, Life Is Good.

With the name Lyte Funky Ones, you would expect Life Is Good to sport funky songs. It doesn't. Band member Rich Cronin co-wrote all 13 songs, and there is not one speck of originality or creativity on the album. The vocals and harmonies are plain; the lyrics are dull; and the music sounds the same as every other pop song.

While Every Other Time has a nice beat, similar to that of the group's earlier hit Summer Girls, the lyrics are overdone. It's a typical song about the fickle relationships of today: fighting and then making up.

Six Minutes is a tune about a guy whose life is changed by a fantasy girl. The title track, Life Is Good, is a simple song about kindness, life, love and friendships.

Dandelion has a different sound - kind of a western-pop feel - that reminds me somewhat of Madonna's Don't Tell Me. But Mr. Cronin displays little vocal talent, using about five notes in the entire song.

In The Sun Still Shines, the only slow song on the CD (if it even classifies as one), the singer wants his old girlfriend back. The microphone is handed to band member Devin Lima. I would love to have heard more from Mr. Lima - and from third band member Brad Fischetti, who sings no solos - but unfortunately Mr. Cronin is the only member who sings consistently.

There's nothing particularly bad about the album, but there's nothing good about it, either. Lyrics such as "One look and I found myself in love with you," "All I want to do is be with you," and "I don't know if I could make it without you" show that the band's creativity level is dangerously low.

The vocals are not at all impressive, and the sound is just plain. Overall, the CD is just another series of songs to add to your collection of break-up, endless-love and infatuation tunes.

Teen board member Camden Morgante, 15, is a sophomore at Evans High School. Her favorite singer is Christina Aguilera.