Something Pretty in this album

Loneliness Knows My Name (2003) is the second album from Patrick Park and is filled with poignant, well thought out lyrics and many acoustic guitar solos. Something Pretty particularly stands out as a perfect fusion of lyrics and instruments. The acoustic guitar picks out a lilting tune while the electric counters with a haunting melody that carries the lyrics beautifully. Patrick Park has a great voice and he knows his style well. Compared to other albums such as his sixth, Come What Will (2010), Loneliness Knows My Name contains a much more distinct presence of the ‘country’ sound Park seems to favour. This is evidenced in the more diverse range of instruments in each track.

Suns of Guns is another great track. It’s one of the faster ones and even though the lyrics are quite bleak, the rhythm definitely picks up the pace a little amongst the much slower tracks that make up the majority of the album. Park seems to have a penchant for combing the more negative/sad lyrics with more upbeat rythms and vice versa. This is reminiscent of songs such as Mack the Knife (Frank Sinatra) and gives the album as a whole quite the interesting quirk.

Even though the album is one of Park’s best, he does seem to have fallen into the trap most artists collapse into ?? especially after the first album. Something Pretty seems to be the figurehead of the album, with Suns of Guns not far behind. They are good; but most of the other tracks just seem to blend into one another with no clear distinction between them. The slower ones especially don’t really stand out from the faster tracks and it doesn’t help that Park isn’t the best at enunciating while singing. If there were to be a “Greatest Hits’ album, only two or three of the songs would probably come from Loneliness Knows My Name.

Overall, however, the lyrics have obviously been carefully thought out; the music specifically tailored to each set of lyrics and each ‘tone of voice’ set to match the combination Patrick Park has known he wanted to be a performer when he was only 13 or 14 and made his first demo in 2000 (Under the Unminding Skies). Considering this, it is easier to find the reason for the slight monotony in the album. Nonetheless, it is a brilliant album to play softly in the background on a lazy, rainy afternoon. To buy this album go to Amazon.com.

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