Lil Bub - Science & Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe

by James Weiskittel Rating:5 Release Date:2015-12-18

Every now and then you cross paths with someone who unexpectantly changes your life forever. I admittedly might be late to the Lil Bub party, but regardless of my truancy, I can now be counted on as a full-fledged member of 'Bub Army'...(or should I say, litter?).

Like so many transcendent legends before her, Lil Bub rose from humbling roots (she was the runt of her litter, discovered in a tool shed somewhere in Indiana) to become the media sensation (and some would argue, mogul) that she is today. One listen to her latest release, the infectiously rompous Science & Noise: A Soundtrack to the Universe, and it becomes clear that Bub's legendary appetite extends far beyond her food bowl, covering all facets of artistic inspiration.

​Science & Magic: A Soundtrack to the Universe, the debut for Lil Bub (or her hipster handlers depending on how you look at it)​, is a brazen stab at instrumental synth-pop that is pretty impressive given Lil Bub's complete lack of opposable thumbs (and a growing myriad of other health ailments).

Ok, ok, so let's cut to the chase.  

So the cute cat with the big eyes and forever protruding tongue made a cutesy wutesy record.  But is Lil Bub one of those wonderful inside jokes that has just exponentially grown from 'light' to 'ridiculous' to 'ludicrous'?  Or is she yet just another example of clever millennial marketing with a dash of faux-fad thrown in for good measure?  The answer is a mix of both. 

And most importantly (in regards to her new record), is it any good?  

Well, no, not really.  

Or Hell Yes!  It really depends on where you come out on the whole 'inside joke/cat-sploitation' issue that I touched upon earlier.

It should be noted that most of the hype surrounding Lil Bub and her exploits has raised a lot of funds and awareness for many good causes, and that is most definitely something that I can get behind.  An album of forgettable synth instrumentals that plays more like a lost soundtrack to A Link To The Past than an actual record...that, on the other hand, might be a stretch for me.  

So, with all my hemming and hawing aside (as I hate to be one who rides the proverbial fence), I must admit that there are moments where the merit of an album simply boils down to the listener's perspective.  And in the case of Lil' Bub and her Science & Noise, it might be as simple as whether or not you are a 'cat' person.

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