RED DRAGON CARTEL – Patina
Lee’s energetic and brilliant playing is as exceptional and fiery as ever and the song material is stronger and more confident than that of the debut offering. The arrangements are better this time around and the dynamic production suits the diverse tunes perfectly. Do I really need to point out just how exceptionally cool the musicianship? I mean, you saw the line-up I listed earlier on, right?
Many of the compositions are soaked in atmosphere, which is what makes them so great. There is both depth and substance to compelling cuts such as "Havana", "The Luxury of Breathing", and "Chasing Ghosts". The bluesy "Ink & Water" is a superb piece of work that simply reeks of passion all the way through and it serves as the perfect album closer.
Red Dragon Cartel undoubtedly have a sound and a musical identity of their own thanks in large part to Lee’s charismatic playing as well as his unique way of crafting riffs and melodies, and in the overall perspective, "Patina" comes across as more cohesive and confident than its predecessor. I can well imagine that many of these songs will go down a storm in a live setting in the future. Simply put, this is a great slab of kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll.