Grieves - Together/apart
It's difficult nowadays to find that middle crowd of deep, dark and hype. If there were three words to describe Grieves, it would certainly be the aforementioned.
Tracks like "Lightspeed" are chalk full of rhythm and hook and much more old school than you'd expect from a man of his years. "Tragic", featuring Brother Ali, has a creative down beat where Grieves shows his ability to verbally attack with a more feverent pace. Ironically enough, Brother Ali seems like he slows down his style a bit to meet in the middle of the road. "No Matter What" starts off with piano led kick beat and features Krukid who really brings a terrific vocal harmony to the table.
"Pressure Cracks" has a killer vocal drive and the accompanying beat and guitar melodies create a perfect environment for vocal twining. As in other songs, you will hear the occassional video game-like sample tossed in to add another dimension. The chrous here really builds an enormous set up for the verse and even plays an integral part as the outro. "On The Rocks" has a terrific blend of Grieves. Probably the best track, mincing the most contagious beat and ominous samples while keeping the lyrical flow upbeat is "Prize Fighter". Grieves also keeps pace in a slower format throughout the release, such as "Growing Pains", which has a subtle approach, and his content is not only clear but concise as well. "How... Can I, grow to see the change in my life, I want it, to overcome the battle inside"
Already Wedged into the indie Hip-Hop scene from credibility created by 88 Keys and Counting, on Together/Apart, Grieves with the help of Budo, proves to be the future of Hip Hop with an R&B Soul.
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