I don't normally get into this kind of thing... semi-electronic, catchy pop music. I don't dislike music like this, but I don't actively seek it out either. Yet, this CD shows up and suddenly I find myself listening to it non-stop. It's an excellent mix of acoustic instrumentation, catchy, witty vocals, well-constructed beats, and an endless amount of hooks. "The Way We Do It" shows off all of Team LG's talents and in the process makes an amazing and accessible record.
This duo of "Mr. L" and "Little G" suck you in from the opening organ notes of the title track. Layers of percussion and swirling synthesizers add depth and texture. Little G's vocals are simple, but mesmerizing. Her slightly-raspy voice is the perfect complement to this intricately carved electronic soundworld. The instrumentation also includes the effective use of a vibraphone and other chromatic instruments, which reminds me of DJ Cam's brilliant "Mad Blunted Jazz." When G is proclaiming "It's the way we do it well," you're completely enraptured and smitten with her. Perfect.
Not to be outdone, "Mr. L" takes over the vocal duties on a handful of tracks. "Little Anne" is a beautiful song. "Anne, I know our paths will cross again someday," he whispers. The vocals are barely there, almost timid, but his performance is totally endearing. "I sent some songs to an old friend, she lives by the sea," he serenades. Acoustic guitars, melodic synthesizer notes, and more chromatic instrumentation flicker and burn between the drum loops. As the chorus comes in, layers of violin tug at your heart strings as L reminisces about a different time. It's a captivating piece that will have you from the beginning.
These aesthetics are all over "The Way We Do It." Impressively, there is not a week song on the album. "Jesus in a Show" has a subtle Asian influence to it, especially the violin samples. The drum loops here are my favorites on the album. They're slightly discordant, like they're trying to tear the song apart. But they never make it all the way. And with lyrics like "Sometimes I feel like a doggie bag, the scraps they couldn't sell," you really can't go wrong. You'll be bobbing your head all the way to chapel.
Team LG are a magnificent force. They combine so many elements into one cohesive machine that there literally is something here for everyone. Electronic pop music has never sounded so good to these ears. I am completely enthralled by Team LG and will follow them wherever they want to lead me. This is a magical debut, dripping in talent and a self-effacing sense of humor. "The Way We Do It" is easily one of 2005's best. And as Little G sings "It's not what we wanted, but it will do," I can't help but think it's exactly what I needed. Highly recommended. 9/10 -- Brad Rose (27 June, 2006)