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EDDIE Barringer’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Some of us may be familiar with EDDIE Barringer’s history having co-produced Thievery Corporation’s song Stargazer in 2011 and Sleepy Wonder’s album Injustice in 2010 but until now we didn’t know what a personal effort from the artist might sound like. Having now heard this album it’s with a sense of urgency that I share a brief synopsis.


Eddie Barringer Self Fulfilling Prophecy Cover Art

due out December 9, 2014

Preorder on iTunes and Amazon MP3


BFly is the first track on this album and I feel it was a mental exercise as much as a song. We begin with what sounds like an old low-fi recording of a jam session and then launch into an audible galaxy of rich production and a slow rhythm and blues style dub beat. It feels like you just sat down and blasted out of Space Mountain

The experience lies in catching onto this rich contrast and having the vocals, rich but smooth, come in soon after giving you one of those “stop in your tracks and listen” moments. In the split second it’s taken you to get attune to the lyrics the entire landscape has already been smoothed over and the song is now defined. EDDIE’s driving this thing. I’ll linger on this song a little more because it is immediately an interesting tune. The organ and the chorus are intoxicating.


Having set a huge bar just now we move onto Til Dawn, where intelligently we deconstruct into a slightly slower but harder beat, a little electronics and reverb – and again EDDIE. Listen closely as we go from a kick-beat into a reggae style and then back to the opening sound again. The lyrics are uplifting. I’ll refrain from quoting a line because anyone who is going to purchase this (Dec 9) owes it to themselves to give it a proper listen.


In Color is a stronger sound. EDDIE’s “don’t judge me lyrics” build on the positive, conscious writings he created for this album. The I dream in color harmony is the part that will be stuck in your head one day – happily so. The song’s good and reminds me of a little of something from the 90’s I’ve long forgotten about – and ingeniously placed is a sharp sample to let you know you’re on the right path.


We stay on a good tip with Positive Place. We’re ride on a simpler beat because every word here is a powerful and preachable statement that should be heard. I’m feeling the glitchy samples styled into this track, keeping the message from becoming too heavy and adding a bit of fun to what’s going on here.


Flowers is a good, good vibe. Soul pours overtop these bars. EDDIE’s delivers something more classic than modern and the beat swings more than kicks. This one you’ll find yourself playing for somebody.


We reach the title track with Self-Fulfilling Prophecy. From the get-go you have a feeling EDDIE’s going to deliver on this song. You can make it happen carries you through the transitions between the verses and breaks. The production soars on this song. Well done.


The guitar riff and stop-go type drummer is what I like about Action. The lyrics bring us to a place where the problems of the world are demanding that something be done. It all melts together into a beautiful piece of art. “Don’t just say care – care is an action. “ I like that.


B4ilay as a reflective, slow song is a memorable moment in the overall album. It is so lulling, so nice, so relaxing that you realize just how mentally active the first half has been.


“Don’t love me to death, love me to life.” I like it already.

Next is KTWK, which stands for Kill Them With Kindness and is a cool choice to follow the previous track. It picks up the pace a bit but then also develops into a bright, melodious tune. At this point you’re realizing EDDIE can do no wrong.


I Got Music (on my mind) is next. Vocally we’re taken somewhere new with EDDIE winding through a faster cadence and revisiting holding certain tones longer – a noticeable and skillful change in the delivery. Contrast that with a chanting chorus and you really have something cool to listen to.


Perfect is a slow build. A lost & found series of drum hits and a dribble of a bass line that soon come to cohesion and turn into a steady rhythm. I believe this is the slowest track on the album but in no way does it bring you down. As EDDIE daydreams to the listener, painting an image over thoughts of what perfection looks like, you’re once again fully engaged in what’s coming from your speakers. Another favorite of the album.


I See Dem Watching comes stomping in. Sleepy Wonder drives into your chest with his known style of reggae. It’s slow, it’s fast. You want to listen, you want to dance. You’re taken back to how the album opened by how much your attention is picked up and carried all over the place again. Each sound, each rhythm, each voice – damn – what a way to finish.



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The talent hidden in EDDIE EDDIE Barringer is one due for the world to see.

There is not another album just like this. The vocals, even when soft, are strong. They fit themselves to audible backdrops of all different styles and tempos not normally matched with such conscious lyrics. Musically there is a lot of invention going on from start to finish as well. The listener’s focus gets caught between kicking drums, a dub line, and an R&B chorus that stay perfectly held together. It’s genius in concept and executed perfectly. Instead of fusing into a marginalized sound, the influences and elements of each track stay separate. They coexist instead of meld. The result is a painting of musical diversity, something truly new and different for each song.


The writing is consistent. Bold but easy. Powerful but pleasant. Pulled from a well of positivity running deep within the artist. You can tell the singer feels every part of his message. The voice behind the pen is introspective, insightful and interesting. None of the songs here take effort but instead pass through your speaker easy and all with a message of “negativity won’t ever win” and “music is my freedom”.


These are the ones we need to be writing our hits and radio singles.


EDDIE BARRINGER set out do something different with this album and was incredibly successful. Share this with your friends and coworkers because a follow-up to this album will be desperately needed.





due out December 9th worldwide 

Preorder on iTunes and Amazon MP3












Review: Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

No Choice Music Group ASCAP BMG Chrysalis US

Sleepy Wonder featured on track #12 I See Dem Watching.







Will Hockaday


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