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Lethal Dialect - LD50

Wed, 2011-10-26 14:51 -- lop3z

Back in January of this year Paulie Alwright, better known as Lethal Dialect, released his debut album LD50.

Hailing from Blanchardstown in Dublin, Lethal Dialect has been on the scene here for a good few years. He started out working with Terawrizt, back when he was part of DHT, but when the group split, Lethal linked up with Jambo, another North Side heavy weight. He took part in two battles in the DFI league, against Genesis of Cork and Rob Steenson of Dublin, both of which he won. This took him up to his first release, the album LD50.

[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_large","fid":"250","attributes":{"class":"media-image alignleft size-medium wp-image-269","typeof":"foaf:Image","style":"","width":"300","height":"300","title":"LD50","alt":""}}]]The production on this album goes to G.I and Jonnyboy who have given this album its dark sound and gritty visuals. Utilising a lot of mid to low end frequencies on keys and strings, they really emphasized the darkness on these tracks which perfectly match Lethal Dialect's style, flow and gritty urban storytelling. Throw on top the use of synths and some clever basslines on certain tracks that give defined emotion to match the nature of Lethal's stories. The flow of the tracks are perfect, from the beat patterns and the progressions through the tracks, creating the perfect changes at the right times to enhance the rhymes on top.

Straight off understand that this album is a street album, it's a gritty and grimy tale of urban life told by an emcee who sits in that pit and spits outward. His flow is never rushed but instead steady and paced throughout as he drops syllables and couplets that pop to the beats, emphasising the stories within. The layout of the tracks on this album really work, you can feel the progression from beginning to end. He covers everything on a street level from the mentality, the respect, the generations of it, the corruption, the women and the whole link up of society to it from the top to the bottom and the craving to succeed and escape it.

On the first track The Beginning, he sets the scene painting a dark gloomy picture but tells it with a celestial poetic twist, comparing the mental and physical of his scheme to the heavenly bodies

On cold nights corrupting, my pattern of thoughts,

Yeah, picture how the planets revolve,

Just like a chamber when a hammer is cocked,

Robbing the ring Saturn has got, give me the ice caps u have on,

9 planets in a barrel get shot, some-body, some murder-one, potential stars are lost


 The tracks on the album progress in a time-frame type of form, it's hard to pinpoint exactly the nature of the progression, whether its the mentality that is progressing or what, but somehow it just feels that the album truly has a beginning and an end. Beginning at the start and the mentality of the street, the tracks progress to deeper levels of darkness and tales of corruption, as though he grows to a higher level of awareness in the game from track to track. By track eight, The International, Lethal Dialect is engulfed deep in a story about death, murder and corruption where he delves from all angles into the truths of the matter and the whirlpool of deceit involved

The only villainous thoughts was an illegitimate law

abiding citizen caught within a sinister force

Never in prison before the only criminal law

was for a ticket he got in the municipal courts

Till opposition made his sister a corpse....

Within an instant his willingness for living was lost

His ability to tell the story while keeping intelligent rhymes and utilising phonetic and syllable rhyming styles is truly well mastered on this album. From the second you press play and right the way through, you realise you are listening to a well crafted and well produced product. The album is pieced together excellently and I can't even fault any aspects of it. The production works so well with Lethal's dark and gritty delivery that it's like they were fused together. Lethal Dialect has a deep knowledge and intelligence that lies underneath his rough, gritty life portrayal but it seeps through every now and again, almost as though he chooses to bury it within the harsh tales that he portrays.

Next up for Lethal Dialect is his sophomore album LD50 Pt II, which is near completion and the first single/video Keep It Real, is almost ready for release. The album features production mainly from G.I again, along with Tony Mahoney and Mook of Sons Phonetic. He is also featured heavily on Costello's upcoming album Illosophical and has a collaboration album with him in the works at the moment called Soul Literature. He has also got a track featured on the next season of RTE's, Love/Hate due to air soon.

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