Supow Music - Universal Music
CD + Bonus CD
May 23, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 4|
About five years have gone since Silly Walks and Patrice released the brilliant "Silly Walks Movement Meets
Patrice", and six years since his sophomore album "How Do You Call It?".
Then Patrice returned three and a half years ago with the high quality album "Nile", with several
tunes on it co-written and co-produced by Matt Kent and Cameron McVey (the
producer of Massive Attack's seminal "Blue Lines", Youssou N'dour & Neneh Cherry's "7
Seconds", Jamelia's "See It In A Boys Eyes"), who lend a hand on "Free-Patri-Ation" as
well. 26 year old Patrice - born as Patrice Bart Williams July 9th, 1979 in Cologne,
Germany to a German mother and the Sierra Leonean writer-activist Gaston Bart-Williams,
and now often using his grandfathers name: Babatunde - is one of those artists that can't
be and refuse to be pinned down on one style, or even one genre. Effortlessly combining folk,
reggae, soul and blues, this singer/songwriter and guitarist reinvents himself with every
new release and so he does exactly that with this 2008 album "Free-Patri-Ation".|
The album opens with the great first single that was taken from it "Clouds" followed by its even stronger successor as single "Another One" and the at least as strong and lyrically brilliant anti-war statement (directed to Mr. President) "Dove Of Peace". Then Patrice exposes himself extremely vulnerable in the lovers tune "Is It Me" before seguing into the conscious "Praise His Name" with its angelic female backing vocals. On the brilliant acoustic "Same Ol' Story" Patrice duets with German born Nigerian songbird Ayo before delivering the magnificent "Justified" and then Patrice returns more or less to the acoustic reggae-vibe of his Silly Walks album with the wonderful "He Don't Answer". Strong horn riffs in the intro of "No Screwface" lead us into the Afro-Funk influenced song alongside Fela Kuti's son Seun Kuti before an happy-go-lucky uptempo reggae groove accompanies the upful "Appreci-Luv".
"Do Things To You" with its whispered vocals and subdued backing reminds of a reggae ballad reworked by Massive Attack before Patrice closes the album with the great ballad "Speeding Into The Dark". On the bonus CD Patrice treats us to some exquisite acoustic long versions, like "Praise His Name (Unplugged)", the smashing "Babylon Is Against Me" and "My Place". The heartfelt melancholic "Different" is followed by the "Clouds (The Alpha Session)", the tune of which the "Clouds (Video)" is included on this second CD as well. And as 2008 comes to a close, Patrice's "Free-Patri-Ation" is one of those albums that weren't reviewed yet, but certainly deserve to be praised in its year of release, showcasing all the strengths and eclecticism of Patrice as singer-songwriter.