As NBT head honcho Martin Smit is down with the Flu this week,( yes summer flu in a heat wave, not wonderful!) He just reviews Tag by Adriana, second in command William Elliot takes the reigns for Nick Daugherty
Movin’ Higher – Nick Daugherty (Sky Rocket Records)
The title track sets the mood, a song for flying, for those thoughts that touch a soul as you travel to a loved one, a gentle gliding melody full of bright easy harmonies.
This is summer drenched pop, evoking the same laidback rock and jazz tinted soul journeys that Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson often take, and in the track ‘Out of My League’ Nick even adds a hint of cool gospel.
The album is full of accomplished emotional ballads like ‘A Thousand Times Tonight’ and ‘ Please Come back Home’ showcasing a heartfelt vulnerability counterpointing the amiable swing of other tracks, during which Daugherty invites you to slow dance the humid sultry night away with him.
All is not just unruffled and dreamy though, in standout track ‘Staring At The Sun’ Nick allows his voice to get a bit rougher, and rocks out with the best of them.
This is a fine pop album of the sort that will always be full of sweet summer breeze, that was made for lazy Sunday afternoons, and that brings a little bit of California to the room where ever it is played.
Tag –Adriana (Independent Release)
This collection is sneaky and delightfully seductive, it is wicked, human, and heartwarming, sometimes all these things resting gleefully together in one song.
It carries a European chill into the sweaty jungle rhythms, an ice cream swirly centre covered by day-glo PoP Art laughter.
It slinks along, big back cat like, growling, purring, elegant and oh so deliciously dangerous.
Adriana refines what worked so well with her previous band Kid Creole and the Coconuts, and disregarding nostalgia, she slips and slides onto wry modern dance floors, letting the words bite and kiss as the beat clitterClatters ambiguously across the dancers’ bodies.
Best of all, there is nothing shallow about these nightclub confections, layered in between the loops and licks is the soul of the edgy, the thoughtful, the ironic and the daring.
An album that subtly surprises with every new spin, gently hypnotizes and revamps, rejuvenates the tired listener.
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