Daddy B. Nice's #55 ranked Southern Soul Artist
Composed by Patrick Green
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Daddy B. Nice's Original Critique
The name sounds as Irish as a four-leaf clover, but the introduction to the song "Understanding" leaves no doubt where Patrick Green hails from.
"I'll tell you what.
I wasn't raised in the ghetto for nothing.
And if I can't do nothing right,
I can sure express myself."
Like another young artist by the name of Vick Allen, Patrick Green specializes in a rhythm and blues that's almost "pop"-sounding in its technical crispness and underlying optimism.
"What's all that talk about leaving?
Girl, you know you ain't going anywhere.
I get so tired of your complaining
When we go out somewhere."
"Understanding's" melody carries a remarkable undercurrent of energy and buoyancy, so much so that the apparent anger in the lyrics is made to sound almost festive. The lead vocal is a primer in soul-singing technique, and Green carries it off with the flair of the song's hero, whose crumbling relationship has mobilized all of his mechanisms of self-defense.
"That lady you saw me talking to,
She was a second cousin of mine.
It wasn't really necessary
For you to act such a clown."
Over a stately but swinging soul background, complete with horns and female chorus (a wonderful cameo by Jewel Bass), the song quickly becomes an anthem for put-upon males, the story of a righteous man throwing off an emotional burden.
The signature line--the line that defines the song and burns itself into your memory--is:
"Seven years bad luck.
Broke the mirror in my pickup truck."
And Green delivers the passage with a wrenching yet exhilarating growl. The song (also written by Green) is a remarkable achievement by a young artist steeped in Southern Soul rhythm and blues, but it is by no means Green's only claim to fame. Songs with strong melodies, passionate vocals and soul-steeped arrangements abound in the "PG Man's" rapidly growing catalog.
"Let's Grow Old Together" is a sweet-tempered, superbly executed ballad--another upbeat tune with just the right mix of the down-to-earth and the romantic. And "Do You Feel Me" is an infectious and upbeat tune reprising much the same theme as "Understanding," namely the relationship between a spirited man and an independent-minded woman. Once again, the woman is "accusing" him, and once again, P.G. is "holding firm."
"Please don't be stubborn, baby."
I'm a hell of a man."
Your Daddy B. Nice first heard these latter songs, from the CD Still A Thrill, break onto the chitlin' circuit in September of 2004, and they are proof positive that Green is not going away any time soon. Still A Thrill may be Patrick Green's best album yet.
If sensitive "woman's man" performer Willie Clayton should ever stumble professionally (unlikely as that is), Green is poised to pick up the old-school baton and carry on with the kind of good-time, soulful music fans of rhythm and blues crave.
--Daddy B. Nice
About Patrick Green
Patrick Green hails from Houston, Texas, where he got his start in the music business in the early nineties with the release of a disc named All I Have to Give. His song "Understanding" has taken on near-cult status on the chitlin' circuit since its inclusion on Green's debut CD, The PG Man: Here Am I. (Waldoxy, 2000).
Song's Transcendent Moment
"Things always happen to me.
May 8, 2011: NEW ALBUM ALERT
Bargain-Priced Rated PG CD
Comparison-Priced Rated PG CD
See Daddy B. Nice's "Breaking" Southern Soul Singles for February 2011 ("I Got A Woman Who Loves Me")
If You Liked. . . You'll Love
If you were a fan of Jackie Wilson's "Lonely Teardrops," you're bound to become a fan of Patrick Green's "Understanding."
Honorary "B" Side
"I Got A Woman Who Loves Me"
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