“Switch” seems to be the first song making the rounds these days. A very smooth offering, it reminded me a touch of early (before he was a freak) Michael Jackson stuff. The lyrics are nothing special, but it's one of the better tracks. The remix is a harder version that moves even better, though as a white guy with Cerebral Palsy offering advice on what moves may not be wise.
“Could U Love Me” and “Lost and Found” are also very good, smooth tracks that would likely stay in the mix for a Top 40 fan with an open mind. The title track is unique with what my casual ear would call an interesting use of chello. It's a great reply to his critics who whine that he's not a true rapper.
“Pump Ya Brakes,” with Snoop Dogg, and “If U Can't Dance” bring out some of the best of Smith with a combination of very funny lyrics within songs that move. I also love the words in “Ms. Holy Roller,” which rolls its eyes at born-again christians (“You can't be dirt your whole life and say oops”), and “Mr. Nice Guy” is a funny retort regarding his image.
“Tell Me Why” is the first song I ever heard touch on 9/11, and offers some good lyrics. “Wave 'Em Off” is a bit preachy, a slight problem throughout the album, but other songs with that problem are good enough to overcome it. “I Wish I Made That” points out a similar problem — the song is ok, but there's just too many replies to his critics on the album.
The collection is rounded out by two seemingly autobiographical songs — “Lorretta” and “Scary Story” — along with “Party Starter” and “Here He Comes,” none of which do a lot for me.
If you like what you hear from Smith on the radio, or want to go a little beyond the Top 40, Lost and Found is definitely worth listening to.