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Album Review

Big Boi, 'Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty'

July 5, 2010

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Big Boi, the less flamboyant but no less gifted half of Atlanta rap duo Outkast, announced he was making a solo album in 2007. “Sir Lucious’’ comes out tomorrow after going through a wringer of label headaches, Internet leaks, and creative tinkering. Luckily, the instant ear-catcher sounds no worse for the wear or the wait. The album bubbles over with insidious grooves, inventive samples, and lissome rhyming about things frivolous and fraught. One minute Big Boi (né Antwan Patton) is busting out playful boasts on the funky “Daddy Fat Sax,’’ the next he’s urgently confronting personal demons on the cheerfully ominous “Night Night.’’ Elsewhere he revels in a lady with a sassy attitude and a fondness for Louboutins on the jazzy “Turns Me On’’ and snags a stately opera sample for the more hardcore “General Patton.’’ Several bold-faced friends make appearances, including Jamie Foxx on the jittery “Hustle Blood,’’ Janelle Monáe singing the hook of the pretty “Be Still,’’ and George Clinton and Too Short rasping it up on “Fo Yo Sorrows.’’ No matter how many cooks help spice this funky stew, however, it’s always clear who the head chef is. (Out tomorrow)

SARAH RODMAN

ESSENTIAL “Night Night’’