Book Of Days - Nigel's 1st Solo Album
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The album is packed with clever single lines that grab your
attention even though the overall sound is very laid back and minimal. ‘Little
English’ is the album’s most dynamic, a lone organ ballad alluding to ‘putting
English’ on a cue ball, closes the album tightly and with strong imagery,
Jackson Browne-like vocals and incredible backing harmonies. ‘It’s a Secret’ is
a rich acoustic number and on opener ‘Here Tonight,’ Clothier sings one of his
most clever and heartbreaking lines, “We watched the film in silence, twenty
feet apart/surprised you didn’t hush me, you must have heard my heart.” Book of
Days not only requires undivided attention, but it also warrants it, and is
worth giving multiple listens.
Greg Newman, Bootleg magazine
I have listened to Nigel Clothier's "Book of Days" a few times and
each time I find different facets that I enjoy. The title song, struck home for
me, as I had played it the day after my husband and I had a similar
conversation. It is a love song of the deepest kind.
Sally Schwartz, DaBelly.com
There is much packed into each song's story to maul over in your
head. Each song lets out a little bit of what can be found in Nigel's heart. The
release’s title, Book of Days, is very appropriate with each song acting almost
like its own little chapter in a musical book.
C.W. Ross, Senior Writer, Indie Music Stop Review
He delivers some good, particularly inventive original songs as
well as offering equally effective arrangements and solid vocals. Each track is
like a mini story; particularly effective is the title tune, the sensitive
Hepburn’s Run Away, the evocative Come North with haunting pedal steel and
piano, and the sombre saloon ballad Hanging Out. While the singing is simple,
the well-written lyrics will inevitably draw the listener in.
Alan Cackett, Editor, Maverick
Nigel Clothier has produced the first great album of 2008. Over
the course of 11 songs Clothier takes you deep into both his heart and the heart
of some exquisite music. Clothier's diction, the tunes and the downright love on
songs such as the title track, Whisper in My Mouth and Little English will melt
the hardest of hearts.
Joe Hawkins, Mudhutter
Clothier's lyrics are charmingly exact and exactly descriptive.
His music is simplistic but precise and annoyingly catchy. Clothier does
something here that's difficult to put in words - he makes you listen.
Season of the Rose shows off Clothier's sensitive vocals and
inspired song writing as he laments lost love. Clothier sings wonderfully to a
folk-inspired and sweet melody. Clothier's debut probably won’t cause much fuss
as long as the media is obsessed with people with more cool credentials than
good melodies, but he clearly deserves more.
Anna Maria Stjärnell, Luna Kafe
Every woman needs a Nigel Clothier! Book of Days holds many truths
about love and life... this is what love is all about. Thank you for writing
this lovely song, you sing it beautifully.
Susan N, Ambassador for R&R Music
Nigel Clothier makes great use of melody and understands the
importance of a hook, particularly when you don't have a lot of time to snag
your audience. Book of Days is rich in image, you know a lot of the references,
some drawing on popular culture others on the human condition. Clothier's style
is like bumping into someone you knew from years back. It also serves to remind
that music does not have to be dark and harrowing in order to have legitimacy
and be 'real'.
In the spirit of Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan, his music is gently
spirited, calming waters running deep. His lyrics are a reflection on “the
perfect imperfections” of love and life. With mellow vocal performance and the
complex lyrical depths of a poet, the album speaks to the heart on an aesthetic
and emotional level. The music is perfectly suited to introspection,
contemplation, and a close slow dance on a rainy night. With the stark bareness
of the instrumental arrangement, Clothier’s delivery is void of stadium glitz
and glam. His approach is simple, honest, earthy. Sober and traditional, snappy
and catchy, bluesy with a country twang, Book of Days is a satisfying journey
from a seasoned artist with an understanding of the vulnerability that we often
try to hide and skilled in the narrative song writing that immortalizes the
Kate Stephenson, myinditones.com