Dave - We're All Alone In This Together
Jul 23, 2021 (updated Jul 24, 2021)
After his amazing conceptual debut "Psychodrama" Dave returns with another incredible effort

Dave tackles issues in his community, racial injustices and discusses his past with great storytelling and vivid imagery

Production on the record is very smooth, even ethereal on the more somber tracks

The intro "We're All Alone" is a very strong start to the record being a two part song. Following, "Verdansk" and "Clash" are both bangers and "In The Fire" is a very good posse cut featuring unusual production for UK hip hop

"Three Rivers" is the best track so far on the LP. Dave goes very personal and flows smoothly over a light piano instrumental with majestic background vocals

Next up is "System", a track influenced by afrobeat and dancehall, genres that have been very popular in the UK recently because of artists like BurnaBoy and Wizkid who is featured on the track. The production is jazzy and the song carries a light summer aesthetic. "Lazarus" is the first track I don't really care about. It's again an afrobeat influenced cut but this time it's not as catchy or groovy. Still not bad by any means

"Law Of Attraction" is one of the slower tracks here featuring a very catchy chorus by Snoh Aalegra

The record has been great up to this point but 3 out of these 4 last tracks are what take "We're All Alone In This Together" to the next level

"Both Sides Of A Smile" is an incredible, heartfelt two part song about Dave's history with relationships and love. The track also features transcendent vocals from James Blake

"Twenty To One" is ok. Not one of my favorites but still an alright melodic rap track with smooth production and great background vocals

Going into this second to last song I was very worried because of the length but it's rather my favorite track here. "Heart Attack" is almost 10 minutes long and features nothing but a simple instrumental and Dave rapping. It's the "Lesley" of this record. Somehow Dave manages to stay interesting for 10 minutes. The storytelling is captivating and the imagery is amazing, playing on many themes and at the same time being very somber and personal. "Heart Attack" could be his best song to date

Finally, the record ends off with fireworks with "Survivor's Guilt". Another very somber track featuring a haunting vocal sample and amazing songwriting by Dave

Overall, the record front to back is an amazing listen and is one of my favorite releases of the year. "But I realise I'm here to live for what I stand for" he states at the very end of the last track on the record. Dave is one of UK's best talents, an artist with incredible potential and with already 2 great records under his belt. Very excited for what's next

Favorites--> Heart Attack, Both Sides Of A Smile, Survivor's Guilt, System, Three Rivers and We're All Alone
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