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Deitrick Haddon Masterpiece

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eOne/DH Visions/Releve’ Entertainment
(release date: November 6, 2015)

By Bob Marovich

We are blank canvasses that God, the ultimate artist, fashions into beautiful works of art, declares Deitrick Haddon on the title track of his new album, Masterpiece, released yesterday.

But its the blank canvas or, more accurately, the damaged canvas, not the finished painting, which captures Haddons interest. Observing from the rarefied air of a man who aint got nothing to prove or lose, he warns humanity to clean its canvas by getting right with itselfand with God. Why? Because this is his story, too, and the songs are the illustrations.

In Be Like Jesus, Haddon isupbraided for cutting up on the Preachers of L.A. unscripted television drama. Rather than use the song to focus on the hypocrisy of church folk who judge others with a plank in their own eye, he uses the clash to explain how his cutting up is nothing more than being 100 percent real, just as Jesus was 100 percent real. Later, during “Perfect Storm,” Haddon uses gospels longstanding storm metaphor to explain how the Lord not only protects us from storms, but reminds us that theydont last forever and can be educational: He used the worst in me to bring out the best in me.

The musical soundtrack for the confessional first portion of the album is appropriately reflective and introspective. Though steeped in electronica and urban AC, the tempos are methodical and sterner than one is used to hearing from Haddon. On the churchy Lay it Down, for example, Haddon borrows R. Kellys hip hopera recitative style to riff on take your burden to the Lord and leave it there. The past is over and its time to move on, he sings.

However, by the time the album comes around to the current single, Restore Me Again, the storm is lifted and the songs, lyrically and musically, are bright and optimistic for the remainder of the album. The good-naturedly and playfully goofy Deitrick Haddon is back, awakened as if from a Scrooge-like dream, wiser and more positivethan before. In celebration, he offers uptempo jams that celebrate possibility (On the Way), encouragement (Testify), and hope (Got a Feeling). Here, Haddon pulls on Princes oversized multi-instrumental and polyrhythmic sound.

Masterpiece finds Deitrick Haddon maturing in perspectivebut, in the end, maintaining asmuch musical swagger as before.

Four of Five Stars

Picks: Restore Me Again, Lay It Down.

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