Dave Patten â€“ Pace of Change / 2008 Clark / 5 Tracks / http://www.davepatten.com
In the last six months since the last time that we reviewed Dave Patten, he has really taken that first bold step forward. First, he released a cover of the current hit â€œSweetest Girlâ€, which provided individuals with a version that is even more soulful and energetic, while still being very sad in message, than the original version. Secondly, and more important for those fans that were salivating for a new Patten disc after they wore out their copies of â€œFly Awayâ€, there are five new, original tracks on â€œPace of Changeâ€.
â€œPace of Changeâ€ starts out with â€œDonâ€™t Stopâ€, the discâ€™s first single, and immediately individuals can hear a much more intricate and mature Patten. This is due to the soul that Patten inserts to every word that comes forth on â€œDonâ€™t Stopâ€. While there is more than a fair share of Pattenâ€™s own voice present during each of the five tracks on â€œPace of Changeâ€, one has to hear a little bit of Chad Kroeger in it. Interestingly enough, â€œDonâ€™t Stopâ€ has a kindred spirit in Snowâ€™s â€œPlumb Songâ€, a similarly soulful and compelling track from 2000. â€œFollow Meâ€ is the second track on the disc, and it links the style found on â€œToo Close, Too Farâ€ with what was heard on â€œPace of Changeâ€.
This means that there is a traditional, piano/drum dynamic present during a large segment of the track, but the inclusion of a multitude of layers onto that framework is what will snare listeners most tightly. As usual, the twisting and turning vocal style of Patten here will embed itself deep into the minds and hearts of anyone that listens. â€œReminderâ€ is the ending track for â€œPace of Changeâ€, and it provides individuals immediately with a dense instrumental arrangement that will have individuals listening in a number of times before completely â€œgettingâ€ what Patten has placed down here. After this opening salvo, things clear up to primarily show Patten and his guitar. The sense of longing that is present here is something that individuals can immediately identify with, and it is this common feeling, coupled with Pattenâ€™s skill, that will ensure continued success in the years to come. â€œPace of Changeâ€ may only be an EP, but it will provide individuals with countless replays. So, if the style of music that Patten plays seems up your alley, give him a listen over at his Purevolume, Myspace, watch him at his Youtube (www.youtube.com/south9border ) or pick up a few songs from the iTunes store.
Top Track: Donâ€™t Stop