Solo Album ‘Parts Per Million’.
For many a year, I’ve been a firm fan of the vocal competence of Mat Partridge – mainly through the music of the rather exceptional rock band Soley Mourning but this, his first solo album ‘Parts Per Million‘, introduces yet another side of Mat’s song writing ability that really is something quite special to behold.
Comprising of ten outstanding tracks, ‘Parts Per Million‘ plays through like chapters in a story book, as each song has it’s own unique purpose and beautifully brings the music and life of Mat Partridge together, in perfect harmony.
The opening track ‘Kick The Brakes Off (Now We’re Rollin’) lavishes the listener with a hearty dose of that wonderful feel good factor and if the brass section combined with the pulsating drum rhythm doesn’t get your soul boogieing even just a little bit to this one, then there really is no hope for you.
Watch Mat Partridge – Kick the Brakes Off (Now We’re Rollin’) – Official music video_0!
Track 1 really does set the scene well for what follows on, as ‘Respects To The Renegade‘ and ‘Same Old Same Old‘ embed these factors further and for those fans of everyday real life rhythm and blues, these two tracks will get a thumbs up for sure.
The big surprise of this album was Track 4, ‘Psychology Song‘ as it takes a turn in a slightly different direction and one that I never would have expected. Sitting within an authentic Latin vibe, it transports you musically, far far away from the West Midlands, where it was created and if you love a bit of easy on the ear piano jazz as I do, then this song is a must to check out.
Having come to the half way point of ‘Parts Per Million‘, I had already reached the conclusion that one of the most compelling things about this album were the song lyrics and the fact that not only has Mat proved himself as being a great story teller, but he also has the presence to reflect upon and capture the emotions behind the situations that day to day living can place us in and ‘Any Road Home‘, ‘This Thing We Got Ain’t Lovin‘, ‘Amateur Dreamers‘ and ‘Gonna Get Up Now‘ are all beautiful examples of this. It is well worth checking out Mat’s Facebook page and reading through his posts, as you will find that he has shared his inspiration for some of these songs there.
The second to last song on the album is ‘The Sugarblues‘ and this is an absolute corker of a track with its tongue in cheek capture of life’s ups and downs and the consequences of putting things off to do another day. The video that accompanies this track is worthy of a BAFTA and will ring hilariously true for those of us that rely heavily on ‘Post Its‘, just to get through the day!
Based upon the experience of this album so far, the closing track was destined to be one of a kind and that is exactly what ‘Valuables‘ is. This is a song of love that touches the soul and I’m sure that the words will ring true with many a parent – it is also a beautiful and perfect ending to this outstanding album.
1.Kick The Brakes Off (Now We’re Rollin’)
2.Respects To The Renegade
3.Same Old Same Old
5.Any Road Home
6.This Thing We Got Ain’t Lovin’
9.Gonna Get Up Now
Review by Sue Wardle.