Album Review: The Rising of the Son
Label: Supow Music
Released: August 30 2013
Only four tracks into Patrice’s Rising of the Son, and I knew it was going to be one of those albums I would end up recommending to anyone that would listen. If you already haven’t heard it, and you are a lover of music, you will not be disappointed.
Opening with a short intro where Patrice talks over a guitar, the first track Alive kicks off with what I would best describe as reggae-rap (not to be mistaken for reggaeton). With a smooth hypnotic flow, he raps “I have risen from the dead/how could I ever put a … on my head/I’m sorry Mama if I made you sad/Cupid pulled his arrow out/greedily to death I bled”. Over a reggae beat with drums reminiscent of Kanye West on College Dropout, this song sets the pace for an album rich in style, texture, and poetic lyricism.
The second track Cry Cry Cry follows with a vocal effect that will remind listeners of The Killers. This tune is infectiously catchy from both a lyrical and melodic standpoint. It is one of those songs you simply can’t get out of your head.
Track 4 Boxes touches on the subject matter of how societal structures create constructs that have us thinking in boxes. The sound has a Bedouin Soundclash feel to it and the lyrics had me thinking of Lupe Fiasco’s The Box from his debut album Food and Liquor. Another infectiously catchy tune.
My second favorite song comes in at track 5 Hippies With Guns. Patrice starts to slow the pace on the album here, and as hard as I try, I cannot seem to think of one particular genre to group this song. The lyrics bare Patrice’s soul as an artist and the sound draws you in to listen to every word. A masterpiece of a song by any standards.
God Bless You at track 6 took me by surprise reminding me of Jake Bugg (older listeners might think of The Beatles). While this might not exactly be one of my favorites, the attempt at diversity is certainly worth a mention. And who knows, if you are a fan of the aforementioned artists, you might just fall in love with this number.
A few tracks pass by where we see Patrice hone in on his reggae sound including a track called Lover Man, where reggae meets hints of electronic music. Here, the lyrics display Patrice’s skill as a writer with ironic juxtapositions at every corner. This is a song that must be heard to be appreciated.
My favorite track Venusia, comes in at number 10. If you are a fan of Passenger, you will love this too. The beat is smooth, the delivery sweet, the lyrics, perfect with imagery that will leave you wanting more even after the track has expired. A must listen.
The album closes with more reggae and jazzy songs and whines down to a slow and relaxing end with a folk-style song bringing it to a close. If you have not heard of Patrice before now, please do yourself a favour and check out this album.
First published in REVitUP! June/July, 2015 issue
September 03, 2021