Yo Mama-Universal
April 25, 2005

Track list
  1. 1st Cateract
  2. Today
  3. Africanize Dem
  4. Done (Where's Love To Be Found)
  5. Soulstorm
  6. It Hurts To Be Alone
  7. Only Believers
  8. Uncried
  9. Rememba
  10. Victoriously
  11. Have U Seen It
  12. Lil Paradise
  13. Here Again featuring Keziah Jones
  14. Town
  15. Gun
  16. Lead The Way
  17. Be Your Man
  18. Slave To The River featuring Laygwan Sharkie
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)
Vocals : 4/5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 5 Sleeve : 3
Patrice is one of the artists that can't be and refuse to be pinned down on one style, or even one genre. After delivering a brilliant pure reggae 10 track EP "Silly Walks Movement Meets Patrice" following his apt titled "How Do You Call It" second album. And now he returns for this third full-length album if you don't count in the Silly Walks release, which is one again a blend of different styles and genres. After the gloomy synths of the "1st Cataract" and the seamless transition of those into the first bars of i will change the world "Today" / i don't care what the people say / there's a brighter day to come / cause i'm a rebel i kill the devil with its acoustic guitar, heavy pounding bass drum and trumpet accents, Patrice goes funky rock after its outro in "Africanize Dem" backed by his live band Shashamani, made up of Granville 'Ras Ice' Thomas (drums), Hillary "Izrah" Williams (guitar/vocals), Kirk "Adjani" McDowell (keys) and Philip “Soul” Sewell (bass), with Patrice almost leaning towards the high pitched vocal delivery of Prince (i.e. TAFKAP), before an outro with lots of percussion and a faint gospel vocal takes us into the also Shashamani backed with added cello and strumming acoustic guitar "Done (Where Is Love To Be Found)? and the first single taken from the album, the uptempo poppish-ska tune "Soul Storm". A wonderful take on the Wailers' 1964 Junior Braithwaite penned and led Studio One ballad "It Hurts To Be Alone" is followed by the DJ Beware scratches driven cut-and-paste introduced "Only Believers", the melancholic "Uncried", the grand piano and strings ballad gotta "Rememba" the dreams we used to have before the mood switches to joy again in "Victoriously" where only the riddim nucleus of Shashamani backs Patrice's guitar chords and smooth vocals. The team behind "Soul Storm", 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" and several tunes on "How Do You Call It?") are responsible for the poppy yet estranging arranged "Have You Seen It" have you seen the news today / 'coz we best believe it / there must be another way, followed by the cynical (but sadly probably rather true) oh this is crazy / we're all just saving / for our own little paradise / we're livin' in hell now / cause everybody for themselves are / securin' their own "Lil Paradise", backed by the Shashamani in the funky poppy yet reggae influenced style also to be found on "How Do You Call It?", before a combination with Lagos-Nigeria born (but since he was 9 years old living in the UK) afro-funk (by himself 'Blufunk' copped) guitarist and singer Keziah Jones on the extremely beautiful "Here Again" singin' for a brighter day and the slow jam oh she felt lonely / when i par' with my homies / in the town town "Town", the intriguing anti-fascist(?)/haters(?) statement sometimes i wish i had a "Gun" / cause i don't wanna have to talk to dem and the great 'straight reggae' of Jah "Lead The Way". Shashamani's Kirk 'Ajani' McDowell on Fender Rhodes and Izrah Williams on bass and backing vocals accompany "Be Your Man" with the fabulous one (or is it two)-liner love never shot me with no arrow / this is a 45 Magnum and this high quality (though not for purists) album is brought to a close in a combination with Zimbabwean Laygwan Sharkie in the beautiful chant "Slave To The Tiver".