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Album review: Prose - Home of the Brave

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With the melodic genius of Kodaline, the diversity of Mumford and Sons and a lyrical prowess akin to Devlin, Prose have hit the ground running in 2016 with their debut album Home of the Brave.

Anyone not familiar with Prose could be forgiven for thinking that they are just another hybrid rap ensemble with melodic temperaments. Yet this could not be further from the truth for this three piece group.

Signed to Naughty Records (yes they were signed by the big man Naughty Boy himself) via Virgin EMI, Prose take the typical title of "one to watch" and blow straight through the glass ceiling which usually exists for acts in this genre.

From 'Home of the Brave' with its message of community pride and family bonds, to the melodic genius that is present throughout 'My Heart', Prose prove themselves track after track to be a group on a mission, proving themsleves to be far from one-trick ponies in the process.

Front-man Mike Murray has one of the most diverse vocal capabilities heard in recent times.

He has an audible clarity that is often lost with even the best of rappers and his strong local Manc accent adds a true passion to his lyrics that makes him nearly indistinguishable from the globally successful Devlin. 

With hard hitting lyrics and tales of growing up, the lads have crafted a truly unique sound with 'Home of the Brave'. The striking rocky tones of 'Mountains' are easily comparable to the much loved vocals of Noel Gallagher and are beautifully juxtaposed by the hard hitting lyris which Murray's Mancunian accent perfects in 'Mr 1 and Mr 2'.  

In a recent inteview the inspired frontman gave an insight into the thought process behind the album and revealed that it had a lot to do with his own family, "the family bond is bigger than just a house made of bricks and cement - that bond can never be broken". 

If 'Home of the Brave' is anything to go by then rest assured that 2016 is going to be one hell of a year for these lads. 




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