Music: Lazarus by Travie McCoy *
To a certain constituency, the 28-year-old rapper is best known as Katy Perry's ex, the guy she was dating immediately before hooking up with Russell Brand.
Poor Travie was so upset by the break-up that he sobbed his little heart out to every media organ that would have him.
Ever the opportunist, McCoy has put his heartbreak to use on this album and the tear-jerker Don't Pretend apparently finds him using a recording of one of his weepy breakdowns. If that isn't icky enough, consider the kiss-off line, "I will bid farewell, Booby", in which he shares with the world his baby-talk name for Perry. Eh, too much information, buddy.
The title of the album is no accident -- the Gym Class Heroes singer would like us to believe that he has made a Lazarus-like recovery from the relationship. There's a look-at-me-I'm-doing-just-fine quality to a batch of songs that barely keep your attention while they're playing and are instantly forgettable afterwards.
Even such stellar names as Gnarls Barkley's Cee-Lo Green -- who features on opener Dr Feelgood -- fail to add lustre to the songs.
Only Superbad -- which enjoyed US chart success in June -- offers a hint of talent beneath the surface. Everything else is just lame word-play and moribund music. Avoid.
Burn it: Superbad