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Nigel Clothier – Face

May 12, 2010 by  

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Nigel Clothier – Face

NAME: Nigel Clothier
ALBUM: Face
YEAR: 2010 (May 24th)
LABEL: Ryeharbour
RATING: 3/5

FIVE WORD REVIEW: Simple and catchy Dad pop.

LOCATION: Ashton-In-Makerfield, UK

LINE UP: Nigel Clothier (vocals/various instruments)

WHAT’S THE STORY?: Clothier’s second solo album doesn’t exactly burst onto the pop scene, but knocks politely at the door, makes a gentle joke to gain it’s trust, comes into the house and make a nice sugary tea for everyone. It’s a witty album, full of intelligent references and observations about love and life, with catchy tunes in a straightforward, inoffensive and honest style. It’s cheery and chirpy for the most part, especially on numbers like ‘You Come Here’ and ‘Cheerleader’. There are moments of introspectiveness, such as ‘It’s Alright’ and the heartfelt ‘Words Weave A Spell’. The clever lyrics are intelligent for what can be quite a dumb genre, but Clothier’s words aren’t poetry; he doesn’t pretend to be Bob Dylan, and doesn’t need to either – this carved niche of family friendly witty pop is Nigel’s own.

SOUNDS LIKE: to be honest, this isn’t a radical departure from his Sharp Practise days. It has a similar groove and oeuvre, and is expertly produced by the same man, Niall Ladyglove. As for Clothier himself, his relaxed delivery puts me in mind of an English Warren Zevon, and his lyrics of Neil Young at his verdant best.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF YOU LIKE: catchy and tight well-written pop.

LINKS: MySpace

– Owen WIlliams






 

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