REVIEW: Logic’s ‘Supermarket,’ accompanies his debut novel of the same name, and is worth a listen

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REVIEW: Logic’s ‘Supermarket,’ accompanies his debut novel of the same name, and is worth a listen

Logic is now an author and artist, at age 29.

Logic is now an author and artist, at age 29.

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Logic is now an author and artist, at age 29.

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Logic is now an author and artist, at age 29.

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Driven by indie-sounding guitar rock, Logic’s 13-song “Supermarket” soundtrack was released on March 26. The collection accompanies his first full-length novel, pushing the boundaries of what it truly means to be an artist. Though the soundtrack incorporates some light aspects of trap music near the beginning, the project is almost entirely comprised of singing as opposed to the lyrical hip-hop anthems that the Grammy-winning rapper is more often known for.

Also named “Supermarket,” the book, which is the inspiration for the soundtrack, is a psychological thriller that centers around the life of Flynn, “a depressed, recently dumped” supermarket employee who gets caught in a world of madness at his new job. The book’s description reads, “Who knew you could find sex, drugs, and murder all in aisle nine?’

However, aside from some corresponding themes and tones, “Supermarket” shares very little with its book. It is, more or less, simply a demonstration of Logic’s growth as an artist, revealing his desires to branch out toward other genres of music. Compared to his vastly different, previous projects, Logic surprisingly pulls off this transition with incredible success.

The soundtrack begins with “Bohemian Trapsody,” immediately bringing the listener into the world of upbeat acoustics and head-bobbing lyrics.

“And when I fall for you, that’s when I break down my wall for you,” he sings, which is nearly unrecognizable from any of his other work.

Though there are other instances of Logic singing on tracks in the past, they are often scattered and lack the amount of soulfulness and emotion he brings to “Supermarket.”

Admittedly, his songwriting requires a bit of adjustment because it can be watered down throughout a soundtrack due repetition. This problem is tolerable, however, due to the generally short length of each song as well as constant changes in tempo that keeps things fresh.

“Bohemian Trapsody,” for example, does a complete 180 degree turn in its final two minutes with a short verse after an incredibly well-executed beat switch. “Pretty Young Girl,” fourth on the soundtrack, pulls a similar feat and is easily one of the top songs from the project.

“I don’t got no time for thoughts, that [expletive] is a bad idea,” Logic raps, musingly on “Pretty Young Girl.”

The song “Supermarket,” however, is simply incredible in what it is able to accomplish. Logic’s vocal lessons, which he has been dedicated to for years, shine through as he belts his heart out in a hypothetical love story of true sing-a-long status.

“Dance with me in this department,” Logic sings in the impressive chorus. “Inside of this supermarket, baby.”

Though the soundtrack does taper off near the end in terms of noteworthiness, the songs themselves are solid and original, with “By the Bridge” – a haunting murder ballad – and “I Love You Forever” being distinct from the rest.

Multi-talented, and now both an author and singer, the 29-year-old rapper has done what very few others have been able to accomplish. While “Supermarket” does not contain any powerful messages about equality or his upbringing, it does exactly what it seems Logic intended the soundtrack to do: prove he can expand his horizons.

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