Album Review: Jon Hope – A Guy Named Harry

It’s Been Awhile Since I’ve Done One Of These, Not That There’s Nothing Worth Reviewing These Days, But I’ve Been Super Lazy Busy w/ Other Things, But When Jon Hope Announced That He Was Finally Dropping Another Project I Knew That I Had To Sit Down w/ This And Let It Marinate In My Soul For Awhile. It’s Been A Full Three Years Since Hope Dropped “A Work In Progress” And Blessed Us w/ “Sara’s Song” Amongst Other Gems, But Now It’s A New Year, And The Only Question That Remains Is What Exactly Does Jon Have In Store For Us w/His  LP “A Guy Named Harry”.

Essentially Kicking Things Off w/ Camp Street And Comstock, A Guy Named Harry Started Off On A Very High Note. If Providence Had To Be Defined By Two Landmarks By The Urban Youth Community I’m Pretty Sure These Two Streets Would Be At The Center Of It. So An Ode To Two Of The Most Gang Affiliated Streets In Providence History Was Pretty Refreshing To Hear As Odd As That May Sound, But Shortly After That It Felt As If The Album Took A Completely Different Direction. When I Pictured Listening To The Project, I Envisioned It Having A More Gritty Sound To It w/ Less Melodies And More Bars But Turns Out I Was Wrong. Not Saying It’s A Bad Thing, It’s Just Not What I Was Expecting.

It Had A Very Commercial Feel To It, And I Caught Myself Thinking Throughout The First Few Listens “Is He Experimenting w/ His Sound?” Granted We All Appreciate Growth When It Comes To Music, I.E. College Dropout – Kanye West To MBDTF – Kanye West Are Entirely Two Different Entities, But This Wasn’t The Case, At Least In My Opinion. I Feel Like He Was In A Lane That Doesn’t Really Showcase His Strengths Which Is My Only Real Issue w/ The Album.

All In All It Was A Solid Project, But I’d Be Lying If I Said I Was Completely Satisfied With It. I Just Hope w/ His Next Project He Gets Back To What He Does, But If I Had To Rate It On A Scale Of 1-10, I’d Give It About A 6.5. Don’t Get Me Wrong, It’s 100% Worth The Listen, But w/ The Exception Of Camp Street & Comstock, I’d Honestly Rather Listen To “Sara’s Song” Over Everything On Here, But That’s Neither Here Nor There.

Purchase: Jon Hope – A Guy Named Harry via iTunes

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