Album Review :
Heath McNease - Be Clean Again

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Label: Independent
Release Date: March 8, 2019

Tracklisting:

  1. Needle
  2. Cross My Heart
  3. Believe (feat. JGivens and Propaganda)
  4. Chemo
  5. Ghost
  6. Your Name
  7. Good Night, and Good Luck (feat. JGivens, Krum & Jordan Coleman)
  8. Break in the Clouds
  9. More Good Than Bad (feat. Keyes)
  10. No Victims (feat. Jetty Rae)
  11. Cure and Cause
  12. Be Clean Again

Be Clean Again feels like a Sunday. The weather is somber, you’re feeling introspective, and everything just seems rather slow. Very little of Heath McNease’s latest effort (save for “Believe”) could be deemed upbeat from a musical or lyrical standpoint. This album is 54 minutes of slow hip-hop meets folk, never lacking in sincerity or seriousness. While McNease is most proficient at handling this task – being the guitar playing and singing, yet thought provoking rapper, that he is – Be Clean Again made my eyes (and heart) feel a shade heavy. From the very first song, McNease observes: “if I learned anything at all, I learned about the hate mankind has beating in its heart” (“Needle”). Mostly though, I just didn’t find most of the songs resonated with me. One exception, however, is “No Victims.” Combining Jetty Rae’s vocals in the chorus, deep lyrics, and an ambient guitar-infused hip-hop beat, this song alone embodies the spirit of the record to its utmost perfection. I might also recommend staying for “Chemo” and “More Good Than Bad.” As a whole though, Be Clean Again is a hip-hop meets folk Sunday sermon that demands a lot of mental energy. But some of us are tired and have trouble paying attention; it is Sunday, after all.

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M Harris

I loved it. It’s easily one of the best releases of the year so far, and while it isn’t quite as good as his last “Who Knows? Who Cares?” EP in my mind, it’s still at least a 4/5.

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