LALA “Between Us” – Album Review

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I first got to know Lala Karmela via YouTube when she was this generic girl with a guitar covering other artists love songs like Yana Yulio’s “Hasrat Cinta” and Asti’s “Satu Jam Saja.” I thought that she is a one-hit-wonder artist trying out her luck struming guitar, nice look and covering songs for soundtracks of movies that could be easily forgettable. But apparently she’s more than all that.

One day she introduced her single “Morning Star” which was an instant catch to my ears and easily likable. The single (or she insists that it was a teaser for her upcoming album) was published via Soundcloud, at exact right moment to coincide with my personal life happening (that I couldn’t get it out of my brain,) that I posted about the single (ahem, teaser) here. Apparently she has found her home in Sinjitos Records. Good for her.

Then in March she published her next single “Berkilau,” announcing that her album will be released in May, which has finally seen light of days now.

The album opens up with “Morning Star,” like said, is an instant likable electronic beat of piano loop over her crisp vocal. It is like a cool breeze in a summer day. Very refreshing. The album title “Between Us” is a decent acoustic guitar song, which has sets her free out of that one-hit-wonder stereotype. This single along can shine compared to today’s Indonesian music. “Berkilau” is a happy-go-lucky song with a surprise twist and turns during verses, refrains and bridges, then it explodes and glitters in the end part. Taking you through her world and personality. “I Don’t Know What To Wear” is a (gasp) standard number with great arrangement and production with her playful lyrics, with very girly topic. “Selamanya” is a slow jam typical Indonesian love song, but does not fall flat cheesy. “You Got Me Again” is a great closer to this album. A song with an attitude from a girls point-of-view, about love-and-hate relationship. Articulate vocals.

Being half-Philippine and half-Indonesian maybe plays a part of her great English lyrics, while her Indonesian lyrics doesn’t come cheesy neither. Still no information regarding the music director, musicians or writing companion (or whether any of the song was written by somebody else,) because I downloaded “Between Us” from iTunes Store Indonesia hence no liner notes, artworks and lyrics. Looking forward to see her live, and also buy the physical CD, it’s that worth it. Meanwhile by all means go buy “Between Us” here!

Lala Karmela, you got me again!

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