BOOK OF DAYS
Inventive and enjoyable singer-songwriter album
Lancashire’s Nigel Clothier is very much a throwback to the 1970s English
singer-songwriter genre; more Allan Taylor, Clifford T Ward or Al Stewart than
Neil Young, Bob Dylan or Bruce Springsteen his bio connects him to. That’s not a
bad thing, because why would a British-born performer really want to be likened
to those Americans? There’s more than enough Stateside performers already taking
that path. So, despite the liberal use of pedal steel and claims of ‘anglicised
Americana’ this in fact quality British singer-songwriter fare, with all the
instrumentation provided by the multi-skilled Clothier.
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, which has already received
extensive radio play, 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. A neat little album, well worth seeking out.
Alan Cackett, Editor.