CD REVIEW: Matthew Patrick - Blue Sun
By Cyrus Rhodes - 03/13/2013 - 01:45 PM EDT
Artist: Matthew Patrick
Album: Blue Sun
Label: Independent Artist
Genre: Blues/Roots Rock
Sounds Like: Doctor John. Van Morrison, Wild Cherry, Rare Earth, Bob Marley
Technical Grade: 9/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: I am Drunk, I aint’ got what you got, Bikes, Bullets and Beer
Weakness: Winded Songs
Usually when musicians talk about dreams, they mean the kind that fuel ambition—and Matthew Patrick had plenty of that in the years before he recorded Blue Sun, his new full length country-blues-roots influenced set whose soulful and eclectic vibe he likes to call “redneck reggae” or “Memphis meets Kingston.” Starting with a fascination with slide guitar, Robert Johnson, and the Rolling Stones, Matthew Patrick had plenty of drive over the years, launching his career in college as a roots rocker in 32-20, which released two popular indie albums and opened for numerous blues and classic rock acts.
The CD kicks things off with “Dog” an upbeat intro piece that serves up classic Psychedelic rock groove against slamming R&B guitar and driving rock rhythm. Track 2 “I’ve Got Love” shifts gears with its smooth as silk flowing rhythm, heartfelt vocals and thought provoking lyrical content from Patrick. Track 3 “Cry Cry” is a sizzling melody that dishes out impressive vocal passion, sizzling blues guitar licks, and well placed reggae groove that peaks and valleys it’s way through to emotional fruition. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic Van Morrison, Wild Cherry, Rare Earth, Bob Marley, Delbert McClinton, Doctor John and even Jimmy Buffet. The music itself is an impressive blend of Classic Rock, Psychedelic Jam Band and Funkadelick R&B. You definitely get an unmistakable guitar driven Psychedelic Rock vibe from the catalogue which all the Flower Children will die for. I get the impression Patrick and company are having a lot of fun just letting it all hang out with these songs. He’s definitely one of those guys that’s a whole lot of fun to listen to. The musicianship from Patrick and company is equally as impressive. I might add his vocal abilities hold their own pretty good with an impressive vibrato and passionate baritone delivery. You will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, from impressive solo guitar licks, amazing harmonies, piano, luch harmonies, impressive Hammond Organ chops, amazing Harmonica-Harp, Keyboards, Horn Sections, and a sick rhythm section. But the most impressive thing about this release besides the amazing 12 song line up is the musical personality you get from Patrick. From rocking “Bikes, Bullets and Beer”, to grooving “Rich Man Blues” to heartfelt “Blue Green Eyes” to hooky “I aint got what you got” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with Track 11 “Ramblin Rose” the perfect finale statement for a CD of this caliber.
All songs over 3.5 minutes tend to drag you to this finish line.
From start to finish Blue Sun by Matthew Patrick is a barnburner of a release. The music is consistent, uplifting, and extremely fun and entertaining to check out. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece of music on this entire CD. The writing and playing abilities of Matthew Patrick and his band are red hot. Last but not least Patrick is a masterful guitarist, songwriter and front man. He’s one artists that’s not afraid to just let it all hang out musically. That’s what world class artists do the best!
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