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Monday, April 14, 2014

Pat The White 2010 Strange Fascination



Genre: Blues-Rock
Rate: 160 kbps CBR / 44100
Time: 00:42:55
Size: 49,11 MB

Canada

Strange Fascination, an album that challenged me to find a part I didn't like. From start to finish, my head was a perpetual motion machine, unable to keep from bobbing along at various speeds to every one of the nine tracks. It's clear that every musician on the album is the very definition of professional: not only are the lines played to perfection, but they're infused with the kind of raw energy and emotion that really bring songs to life. They're concerned with making the negative space as interesting as the positive, surprising the listener on more than one occasion with a sudden drop out or prolonged, pregnant pause. With the addition of Pat's charismatic vocals and thoughtful phrases, it's hard to say which moments will resonate with you individually. Many guitar licks and lyrical phrases of Strange Fascination are bound to linger, expressing themselves in a moment of careless humming or a few words that you just can't seem to get out of your head.

Until then, I'll wait patiently and continue to enjoy Strange Fascination, an album that challenged me to find a part I didn't like. From start to finish, my head was a perpetual motion machine, unable to keep from bobbing along at various speeds to every one of the nine tracks. It's clear that every musician on the album is the very definition of professional: not only are the lines played to perfection, but they're infused with the kind of raw energy and emotion that really bring songs to life. They're concerned with making the negative space as interesting as the positive, surprising the listener on more than one occasion with a sudden drop out or prolonged, pregnant pause. With the addition of Pat's charismatic vocals and thoughtful phrases, it's hard to say which moments will resonate with you individually. Many guitar licks and lyrical phrases of Strange Fascination are bound to linger, expressing themselves in a moment of careless humming or a few words that you just can't seem to get out of your head.

Pat the White trots out yet another incredibly alluring midtempo groove called "Another", set to a slightly quicker pace than "Inside and Out". The group has the ability to make any speed sound like the exact right speed for the song, sampling many shades of gray with an artist's touch. Pat's voice is more wistful than soulful, reminding me a little of Tom Petty. This song is downright gritty; I almost feel like I should have a cigarette afterwards. I don't smoke, but this song could almost convince me. It's the epitome of the down-on-your-luck blues, with frustrated and heartsick lyrics about seeing an ex-lover with someone new. That's what I really love about the blues: everyone is able to relate to the subject matter, and it makes no difference who they are or where they from. A non-English speaker could easily understand the pain in Pat's voice in the same way that a non-music student could understand a guitarist's tortured soul through their instrument.

"Hit the Ground" is another sexy, greasy strut. Pat works to scoop notes from the very bottom of his register and just barely pulls it off, the effect sounding like Jim Morrison covering an Allman Brothers tune. "Wake Me" is an upbeat, driving classic rock and blues song/tribute to both The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. The breakdown at 3:10 is nothing short of superb, the band taking quick, giant steps flanked in distorted, psychedelic guitars. It's the kind of bridge that just revs you up and makes you want to headbang and play air guitar. The beat pulls back after a minute, painstakingly finishing out the song with an epic slow march to the end. The final track on the album is called "Léthicia", an instrumental slow jam with heavy, sweeping cinematic chord changes and a gorgoeous melody. If "Inside and Out" was soaked in sweat, then "Léthicia" is dipped in honey. The song was a brilliant choice for the last spot on the album, akin to a flourished signature at the end of a handwritten letter. It stands apart from the rest of the tracks because of the lack of vocals, but the melody is so sweet and simple that the music stands on its own, sure to echo in your head long after you've heard it. It's so pristine and pretty, it almost makes me want to go back and re-listen to the previous tracks just to experience the vast divide that Pat the White so easily traverses. (http://www.bestnewbands.com)


Tracklist:

01 - Where The Road Will Go 04:58

02 - Down To Size 03:28

03 - Bring Back My World 04:18

04 - Inside And Out 05:37

05 - Another 03:49

06 - Real Thing 03:23

07 - Hit The Ground 05:34

08 - Wake Me 06:12

09 - Lethicia 05:36





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