Home of the Brave

Home of the Brave

by Prose Prose


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Growing pains and coming of age create a heart-swell on the genre-blurring debut LP from Manchester trio Prose. Home of the Brave combines the confessional rapping of Mike Murray, the guitar of Lee Royle, and the strong songwriting and production of Dave Stone, resulting in an excitingly different sonic option. Murray is frequently compared to Mike Skinner (the Streets), but aside from the fact that they are two British lads with buzz cuts who can rap, Prose's music veers closer to the intensity of Eminem at his most confessional, Lukas Graham at his most wistful, and Twenty One Pilots at their most boundary-smashing. Home of the Brave can be neatly divided into thirds, with each portion thematically and sonically satisfying in different manners. The first four tracks are urgent and yearning, allowing Murray's heartfelt lyrics to wax nostalgic on tales of youth and memory. "Ballad" is the knockout highlight, a poignant and earnest number that seethes with frustration and rage. "Caravan" heaps on the sentiment, longing for simpler times when video games, sleepovers, and young love were life's biggest concerns. The midsection is the energetic heart that gives life to the album. "Mountains" is their big Oasis number, which includes the best singalong chorus that Noel Gallagher never wrote. A pair of rousing ditties -- "Half the Man" and "Further" -- inspire body-rocking and head-nodding, the few moments on the album that are purely fun. In the concluding third, Prose go inward once again, tapping into a more emotional well. "All Too Familiar" is deeply introspective, almost desperate in its earnestness, while "Have It All" and "Let Us Down" are moving tearjerkers. After a journey from heartfelt innocence to powerful anthems, Prose cap off the brooding coda with "Mr. 1 & Mr. 2," a rage-filled street tale that is packed with tension and Murray's closest tribute to Eminem on Home of the Brave. With so many sonic pieces to this puzzle, the rap-meets-indie-guitar idea might sound jarring. But at the core, they are both forms of confession, stripping the bells and whistles away, baring the soul. Combining youth, hope, and a dose of gravity, Home of the Brave is a strong debut from a fearless trio unafraid to toy with genre while staying true to their message. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

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Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602547901293
catalogNumber: 5066781
Rank: 225433


  1. Home of the Brave
  2. Ballad
  3. My Heart
  4. Caravan
  5. Mountains
  6. Half the Man
  7. Further
  8. Highs & Lows
  9. All Too Familiar
  10. Have It All
  11. Let Us Down
  12. Mr. 1 & Mr. 2
  13. All of Those Years
  14. Feel Your Way
  15. Pick You Up

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Prose   Primary Artist,Vocals
Matthew Fletcher   Drums
Ben Harrison   Guitar
Phil Plested   Background Vocals
Grace Ackerman   Background Vocals
David Stone   Bass,Piano
Lee Royle   Guitar,Piano

Technical Credits

James Murray   Composer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Dan Sanders   Art Direction
Alex Cowper   Art Direction
Charlie Hugall   drum programming
Ben Harrison   Composer
Mike Murray   Composer,Instrumentation
Hanni Ibrahim   Composer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Mustafa Omer   Composer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Phil Plested   Composer
Mojam   Producer
David Stone   Composer,Instrumentation
Lee Royle   Composer,Instrumentation

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