2. Honest Skrew
3. Sons of Guns
4. Nothing’s Wrong
5. Your Smile’s A Drug
6. Something Pretty
7. Silver Girl
8. Desperation Eyes
9. Past Poisons
10. Bullets By The Door
11. Home For Now
There it is, Patrick Park‘s official debut album, “Loneliness Knows My Name”. With eleven heartfelt songs, this rising star in the singer/songwriter scene claims a place at the top. With gems like Nothing’s Wrong, Your Smile’s A Drug, Something Pretty, & Home For Now, “Loneliness Knows My Name” is a record to be proud of.
The album starts out well with Thunderbolt. With heartfelt lyrics and a Wallflowers-like melody, this song slowly embraces your heart, and Patrick’s voice is just perfect.
Honest Skrew seems like a perfect title for this song, because it is a very honest song. With his distinctive voice, Patrick really puts spirit in this song. Beautiful.
Sons of Guns is a full song, with a darker intro and lyrics. Throughout the song, the focus shifts more to the vocals, and the song has some clever electric guitar work.
The next song, Nothing’s Wrong is one of the strongest on the record. Classic singer/songwriter genre. Elliot Smith would’ve been proud of him. He also shows he’s a genius lyricist. (“There’s no face to face, because there’s nothing to say. I’m a million miles away from you and yesterday”)
Your Smile’s A Drug, the song on the record that screams CD SINGLE! Pretty much the catchiest, most addictive song on the record. Something that will be typical for Patrick Park’s songs. Reminiscent of James Taylor & Ryan Adams, Patrick Park shows that his music is commercially fit for radio and he can yet remain true to the music.
Then we continue with what we can call Patrick’s breakthrough song, Something Pretty. This song was featured on the TV show “The OC”. Probably one of the most stripped down songs on the album, which gives extra attention to Patrick’s fabulous vocals and beautiful arrangements.
Song number 7 is Silver Girl, an epic song that shows the absolute vocal strength that Patrick Park has. And it also shows that he can write a very complete and clever song. Everything in this song just fits. A little piece of art.
Desperation Eyes might well be one of my favorite tracks on the album. It has very personal lyrics that many people can connect to, and Patrick delivers them with so much conviction you feel he wrote and recorded this just for you.
Patrick Park continues with Past Poisons, a more alternative song, with more bluesrock influences. He shows his diversity on this beautiful and emotional track. With crystal clear vocals and a haunting melody he speaks straight from the heart.
The album then brings us Bullets By The Door, a Dylan-like song, though the guitar somewhat reminds us of one of Patrick’s own favorites, Mississippi John Hurt. This song also features some great background vocals.
The album closer is Home For Now, which is my favorite track on the album. The music reminds me of Nick Drake in it’s honesty and the way it is open. And the lyrics are just so honest too. I think honest is the keyword for this song and Patrick’s music in general. It’s honest, pure, and straight from the heart. What you hear is what you get!
Patrick Park brings us an album full of great songs and arrangement. He shows us a wisdom and maturity in his music that not many bands and artists ever reach. It’s artists like Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Elliot Smith, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Ryan Adams, Hank Williams, and the likes that Patrick Park should be listed with. He does not only remind us of these giants, he can stand his ground among them. This might be the first time you heard of Patrick Park, but without a doubt it’s not the last time!