Sound Opinions in Space, Opinions on Lizzo & Emily King

For Sound Opinions' 700th episode, Jim and Greg are taking the show to outer space! They'll share some of their favorite songs about space in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Plus, Jim and Greg review Cuz I Love You, the latest from hip hop and R&B artist Lizzo, and pop/soul singer-songwriter Emily King talks about the song that got her Hooked on Sonics.

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Lizzo Cuz I Love You

Lizzo has arrived, releasing her first full length album for Atlantic Records, Cuz I Love You. The R&B singer and rapper puts her talents on full display and uses the perks of being on a major label to create a genre-blending record. It's no secret that Jim loves Lizzo, and he's pleased with this album. He enjoys Lizzo's body-positive message, impactful lyrics and colorful personality. He believes she used the major label system to churn out a great pop record that is authentically her. Greg is also a fan, but worries about producers trying to pigeonhole her into a generic pop star role. He loves when the quirky details unique to Lizzo shine through, like her expert flute-playing and vocal inflections. Jim won't stand for any criticism of Lizzo, so they agree to disagree.


Songs About Space

Fifty years ago this summer, the Apollo 11 mission successfully put a man on the moon. In honor of that“giant leap,”Sound Opinions is going to space with an interplanetary selection of songs.

Here are Jim and Greg's picks of songs about outer space from across the sonic galaxy, from Sun Ra to Portishead.


Hooked On Sonics: Emily King

Emily King Both Greg and Jim applauded Emily King's latest album, Scenery, which moves deftly between pop, soul, funk, gospel and even a bit of rock. For our occasional series Hooked On Sonics, Emily tells us about the seemingly disparate threads that helped to shape her music, and the song that got her Hooked on Sonics: "Castles Made of Sand" by Jimi Hendrix.



“Mother Russia”Renaissance

Most weeks, either Jim or Greg take a trip to the desert island and play a song they can't live without. This week, Jim selected "Mother Russia" by Renaissance, a classical-influenced British prog rock group. Jim thinks that the group doesn‘t get the respect it deserves. He goes on to add that he’s "surpised that bands like The Decemberists or Arcade Fire don't mention Renaissance more as one of the orchestral-pop rediscoveries" because he "hears a lot of the roots of what orc-pop has been doing in the last decade in what Renaissance was doing in 1974."

Featured Songs

  1. The Byrds, Mr. Spaceman, Fifth Dimension, Columbia, 1966
  2. Lizzo, Juice, Cuz I Love You, Atlantic, 2019
  3. Lizzo, Tempo (feat. Missy Elliott), Cuz I Love You, Atlantic, 2019
  4. Lizzo, Like a Girl, Cuz I Love You, Atlantic, 2019
  5. Lizzo, Exactly How I Feel (feat. Gucci Mane), Cuz I Love You, Atlantic, 2019
  6. Lizzo, Jerome, Cuz I Love You, Atlantic, 2019
  7. Lizzo, Heaven Help Me, Cuz I Love You, Atlantic, 2019
  8. David Bowie, Space Oddity, David Bowie, Philips, 1969
  9. Parliament, Mothership Connection (Star Child), Mothership Connection, Casablanca, 1975
  10. Hawkwind, Space Is Deep, Doremi Fasol Latido, United Artists, 1972
  11. Monster Magnet, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Dopes to Infinity, A&M, 1995
  12. P.M. Dawn, Downtown Venus, Jesus Wept, Gee Street, 1995
  13. Marvin Gaye, A Funky Space Reincarnation, Here, My Dear, Tamla, 1978
  14. The Only Ones, Another Girl Another Planet, The Peel Sessions, Strange Fruit, 1989
  15. The Mekons, Ghosts of American Astronauts, So Good It Hurts, Twin/Tone, 1987
  16. Portishead, Wandering Star, Dummy, Go! Beat, 1994
  17. Sun Ra, Space Is The Place, Space Is The Place, Blue Thumb, 1974
  18. Emily King, Teach You, Scenery, ATO, 2019
  19. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Castles Made of Sand, Axis: Bold As Love, Track, 1967
  20. Miles Davis, Summertime, Porgy and Bess, Columbia, 1959
  21. Kim and Marion, Emily, If You Could See Me Now, EmArcy, 1992
  22. Faith Evans, Ain't Nobody, Faith, Bad Boy, 1995
  23. Renaissance, Mother Russia, Turn of the Cards, BTM, 1974
  24. The Pixies, What Goes Boom, Indie Cindy, Pixiesmusic, 2014
  25. Blondie, Hanging on the Telephone, Parellel Lines, Chrysalis, 1978
  26. Moby, Porcelain, Play, Mute, 1999
  27. Moby, Ah-Ah, Moby, Instinct, 1992
  28. Moby, Rushing, Play, Mute, 1999
  29. Moby, Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?, Play, Mute, 1999