Vincent & Mr. Green
The poet David Whyte says that artistic integrity has to do with the willingness to step into the great unknown; obliterating that which you’ve come to know about yourself and kindling a relationship with the darkness. SMASH UP, as the title of Vincent & Mr. Green’s third go-around does just that. Of course, listeners to Vincent & Mr. Green’s previous work know they are no strangers to darkness and loss. Which is why it is fitting that the first track, “Shake It Like You Just Made Bail”, opens with dark chant-like recantations that evoke the duo’s previous energy then rises like a dawn into an undeniable dance number infused with a freedom and exuberance . . . and as the dawn smashes night, the dance tracks keep coming, infectious groove after groove… music you’d expect to hear on the home planet of Prince.