Leon Patillo - On The Way Up

Tuesday 1st May 1990
Leon Patillo - On The Way Up
Leon Patillo - On The Way Up

RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
LABEL: Ocean 7018124697

Reviewed by James Attlee

Another self-penned, performed and produced album from the multi-talented Mr Patillo. Apart from a saxophone and some backing vocals, everything is played, sung or programmed by the man himself. That kind of brief immediately places restrictions on the album's scope; as one would expect, it is keyboard-based, with sequenced bass-lines and drum computers to the fore, the resulting mix providing the backdrop for the Patillo vocal chords. The album includes up-tempo dance-workout, like the title track and "Rock House", where the lyrics are kept simple and the beat allowed to dominate; ballads like "Bye Bye For Now", for friends left behind when circumstance dictates a separation; and in "Take Time And Rest" the singer hands out some sound advice to a workaholic friend who's neglecting his family to chase success. Patillo has a reputation for being able to write a love song from a Christian perspective - remember "Flesh Of My Flesh"? - and on this album we have "I Will Hold On For You". The song, written from the point of view of a Christian lover to his loved one, examines honestly the difficulties involved in waiting for God's timing in a relationship, rather than rushing ahead and missing God's best. Without wishing to criticise the man's chosen method of working, I did feel the album lacked a certain spark and spontaneity that could have come from interaction with other musicians. Or maybe he just needs somebody else to produce him.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Charles Daniels Jr in Fayetteville NC @ 12:50 on Mar 17 2009

I am looking for a particular song you sang at a Teen Challenge showing some years aga in Reresburgh PA. I was there for a live showing and you sang a song "treat Her Like A Lady." and "The Lords Prayer." Among others, you really inspired me with those two selections and I've been singing them since. However I can't find either one listed in any stores nor the internet as original or sountracks. I would love to have both. Can you help?! I would like to play Treat Her Like A Lady @ my best friends' wedding on April the 18th, this year. Please tell me where I can find these selections. May God richly bless you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Posted by Wynnde Vessup in High Desert - Victorville, CA @ 23:29 on Aug 3 2007

Legendary musician, artist and lyricist Leon Patillo is a guru. An incredible genius his music is very eclectic and can be utilized in many venues. There is unique electricity and style in music compilation and the message is impacting, in so much that an artist can sing his songs and it is not out-of-date. I am blessed even more so by Leon's "Breathe On Me" release and holding my breath for his soon-to-be-released "Love Album" Always, God's best to a you Leon for your integrity, humble and sensitivity to what our world needs now. Keep spreading your love, joy and peace thru music and everything you do. God Bless you and yours.

God's little angel - Wynnde Vessup

Posted by AGAKU BARNABAS in BENUE STATE,NIGERIA @ 14:57 on Nov 28 2006


Posted by KQ in Estonia @ 15:40 on Sep 13 2006

Im a Boy from Estonia :P
and i have This album on Leon Patillo, it's Great (Y)

Posted by Charles Darden in Long Beach, CA @ 19:46 on Nov 28 2005

Leon's music is so heartfelt and inspiring. He shows that there is reason to rejoice about being a Christian. Don't miss a chance to experience a Leon Patillo event.

Posted by ELEX JONES in Madison Alabama @ 05:08 on Sep 22 2005

I just left your concert in Huntsville Alabama I was the one joining hands when you prayed for the lady blessing her musi ministry, I really enjoyed everything and may God continue to bless you and your family. you explained things so plain keep on keeping for God.

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