Get ready to hit the dancefloor with Mall Of Fortune, the second album from cool guy Harriet Brown. His beautiful falsetto vocals are soulful and funky, and they are supported by the slickest of production. Features guest vocal spots from Felicia Douglass and Ana Roxanne. Released by Innovative Leisure.
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It takes a lot of conviction to make music that places you within spitting distance of Prince. So assured a singular was Prince’s vision that it has of course inspired many but one thing that is painfully obvious is that you are not actually listening to Prince. But here I am, listening to Harriet Brown, and let me tell you. He’s good.
Mall of Fortune is the Los Angeles based artists second album and manages to be sexy and exciting and mature all at the same time. Brown’s music rides that line between funk and r&b, with the occasional guitar lick thrown in for good measure. Tracks like ‘Method’ even veer towards an almost acid-techno sound.
Despite my mentioning Prince the music is not dated sounding. This is most apparent in the modern way in which bass is used on the record; synthesised bass hits strategically placed for maximum emotional impact. This is tactic that usually signals fun, but here Brown uses it for much more. This is most effective on ‘When You Call My Name’, a touching duet between Brown and Ana Roxanne. The production is mostly built from quiet guitars, but it’s the bass that helps clear the way for their voices to reach your soul.
And it is above all Brown’s voice that makes him such a special artist, particularly his willingness to play with it. Within songs it goes from being alluring to commanding, from a devastating falsetto to ‘Holy Place (Shinin’)’s digitally deepened rapping. Mall of Fortune is fun music, but more than than, it sounds like it was fun music to make.
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