Singer-songwriter Maverick Sabre (born Michael Stafford) actually hails from Hackney, London originally. But he moved to Ireland at the age of four; where he grew up in New Ross, County Wexford. He returned to London, at the suggestion of UK singer/rapper Plan B, to pursue a musical career. Today’s recommendation, namely: Lonely Are the Brave is his début album.
Not the first début album I’ve come across (and been suitably impressed by) recently and I’d suggest it’s well worth you grabbing your own copy. I’ll admit that it wasn’t one of those happy discoveries that grabs you straight away, at least for me. The album actually took a little patience and a few listens for me to warm to. But by the 3rd take I was hooked and wondering how the hell it took me so long?
Let’s just say that Sabre has a unique voice and certainly not one you’d expect from a moniker of Irish-English singer. It’s very distinctive and once you’ve filed it away in whatever section of your consciousness suits, it’ll be instantly recognizable whenever you hear him on the radio. (For my part, I was surprised at the color of his skin and would’ve guessed his geographical location was more Caribbean in origin. I guess it was different enuff that I couldn’t quite make up my melon whether it was for me or not, initially).
Sabre’s style has been noted as a mixture of Reggae, Soul and R&B and I’d actually subscribe to that point of view. Lonely Are the Brave certainly gives the listener a whole host of sonic textures to getcha lug-holes round. Certainly gets my fingers drumming and my tootsies tapping. (If I listened to this on my iPod, I’d be bugging a few fellow travellers with my random hum-alongs, that’s for sure).
Kinda makes me miss owning an auto-mobile actually. On a sunny day such as I’m witnessing now, from the comfort of my balcony, I’d rather by cruising thru’ the Alps in a convertible. Roof down, shades on and Sabre cranked to the max. (Living in Zürich; where the public transport system is so gob-smackingly impressive, I’d challenge the pickiest passenger among us to find fault; it’s been years since I owned a car. Damn my environmental conscience! ;o)
I’d actually feel out of order picking a favorite track from this album, as they’re all pretty damn fine. (It’d be kinda like picking your favorite off-spring. Just not done really). But if you insisted on pushing me, I guess I’d have to plump for: ‘I Need‘ ‘cos it’s a great groove to open the album with; ‘Sometimes‘ for the rap/hip-hop feel; ‘Shootin’ The Stars‘ for the guitar accompaniment (laid back compared to the vocals) and finally ‘A Change Is Gonna Come‘ ‘cos it’s a fine song and Sabre does a great cover.
OK, I know that’s not one favorite, but what the heck d’ya want from me? Sheesh! Told you it was a great album.