Mark De Clive-Lowe ‎– Tide's Arising




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October 2, 2007
referencing Tide's Arising, CD, Album, ABBS8009-2

I was introduced to Mark De Clive-Lowe through his Shirley Horne remix on the first _Verve Remixed_ album, and I was eager to hear his own work. And while _Tide's Arising_ has a polished sheen to it, I was slightly disappointed. Certainly, the broken beats on the album are crisp and quick and the production quality is strong, but I don't feel he's breaking much new ground here. The rapid fire vocals on "Traveling" and "State of the Mental" sound too similar; the grindy R&B on "Quintessential" and "Heaven" pleasantly fall by the wayside. As well, some of the shorter instrumentals sound too contemporary adult ("Pino + Mashi," "Masina's World"). The staccato flavors of "Syndrome," however, do help set that track apart, but I'm afraid the listener's interest is too apt to come and go like the tide.