[ALBUM REVIEW] STEALTH: Verse EP

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Band: Stealth
Album Title: Verse EP
Record Label: Chubby Puppy Media Ltd
Release: Out Now
Review by Alexander Flower

No trace of a name to be found online and he is true to his name still. Having been online for about a year, Stealth is proving to be an artist capable of expressing raw thoughts of self-reflection and questioning the status quo. Through his heroes, he takes his cues from legends such as Bob Dylan, Howlin’ Wolf, Etta James, Johnny Cash, and Jeff Buckley, putting him up there with Hozier, a fellow modern British voice of revere. Stealth has seen one of his Intro EP songs, Judgement Day, reach near 3 million views on the Vibe Guide channel (YouTube), uploaded only 11 months ago. Judgement Day was also featured in the hit TV show Suits. His other – I Don’t Need Your Love – reached just near 70k views on his channel, but now has a Vevo channel to work with. Vevo was right to get in contact with the enigma Stealth – a mystery only is his identity.

Released on Chubby Puppy Media Ltd, How Much Further was uploaded 13th, Jan 2017. A soulful, earthy, catchy, and raw single with a clap-along rhythm harking back to his admiration of older music – Stealth is clearly branching out while remaining true to his vision. With his previous works, he has proven to be a capable vocalist for ballads, but here he shows he can apply himself in the grittier realm of blues rock, singing about the ever-present economic struggles of his town. Coming from Birmingham, this is a bit of a shock to know Birmingham is still as such (I.e. Black Sabbath was formed in Birmingham due to mundane life in the same town.)

Along with a single, Stealth has released a stunning EP entitled Verse. As well as How Much Further, Blame reappears on the EP from YouTube, having nearly 13.5k views between them in three months. A song that questions who’s to blame in a failed relationship, Stealth is unflinching in putting to pen the search for an answer, admitting faults and confusion. ‘Have I reaped the hurt from what I sew? Did I do enough? Did I let you know? Why is there so much pain when there’s no one here to blame?’ he laments.

Real Life follows through with a mantra for himself as much as it is for the listener. ‘You can bathe in a sea of ‘so close’ and failure; let the bitterness soak in. You can stand around and wait for your saviour, but your patience will wear thin.’ The grittiest of his work, this feels like Cash/Dylan/Arctic Monkey’s AM, just darker, with more conviction and a stronger hook. Stealth’s Verse EP is a testament to his potential.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKW2c3CsUD4]

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