Soul Purpose ~ Needful Things
Date: Saturday, December 06, 2008 @ 19:36:59 UTC
Artist: Soul Purpose
CD: Needful Things
Home: Sarasota, Florida
Style: Roots Rock
Quote: "An amalgamation of genres, this CD pulls from a plethora of influences to create a groove that the band calls 'Banana Bread For Your Soul'."
By Beeb Ashcroft
Soul Purpose fuse influences from rock to reggae on their latest EP, Needful Things. An amalgamation of genres, this CD pulls from a plethora of influences to create a groove that the band calls "Banana Bread For Your Soul."
The EP kicks off with "Big Mouth," a rock anthem lamenting those words that would be better left unsaid. The guitar is solid with a classic rock touch, and there is some nice harmonization on this track also – although sometimes the lead vocals seem a little bit off.
The band has a more lighthearted touch on "I Need Your Love," which contrasts solid guitar licks with tongue-in-cheek lyrics. An expression of appreciation to a lover for doing the laundry and cleaning the house, the playful approach of this song reminds me a little of Rupert Holmes.
"Joy Song" goes in a different direction from the first two tracks, and is my personal favorite song on the record. Hypnotic guitar lays the foundation with meditative, other worldly vocals floating over it.
Switching gears again on "Cool Ya Down," the band mix Reggae with 80s inspired pop for a fun, danceable cut. The Reggae influence is most apparent on the EP's last song, "Yahweh." Singing of spirituality over a rhythm that bears a heavy Bob Marley feel, Soul Purpose channel a Jamaican groove and deliver some nice drum work. This is the longest song on Needful Things, clocking in at over nine minutes. It's too long to keep the listener's interest from a strictly musical standpoint; however, this seems to be meant more as a meditation than a conventional song.
Overall, I thought this was a good effort from Soul Purpose. They are obviously talented musicians with a love of many genres, and I like the fact that they're not afraid to experiment. But at times it seems like their sound is all over the map, and the blend of different influences don't always quite work together like they ought to. But they're obviously having fun and making music that is meaningful to them – and their Soul Purpose.
Artist Website: http://www.soiledporpoise.com