Nick 13 is a new artist for me.
Up until last week I had never heard of him. In fact, I had no idea what to expect when his team contacted me asking to possibly review the artist’s debut solo album. I thought I’d give it a chance and was pleasantly surprised to hear some really good Americana/Country music.
Nick 13 really has strong vocals and an apparently knack for writing great songs. There are plenty of great melodies on this record along with some interesting stories. It’s worth your time to listen to the entire album from beginning to end, but in case you wanted to skip around I thought I’d break my thoughts down by track.
Here are my thoughts on Nick 13’s debut album.
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As a whole the album is full of different emotions as told through stories and thoughts by Nick 13. His voice has a kind of country, bluegrass sound that makes it seem like this album could have been released in the ’50s. In fact, I’m taken back to the images of the ’50s I’ve only seen in movies, photographs, and in the dreams I’ve had based on my parents’ stories.
It’s an interesting album and one I’m sure will remain on the country charts for a while as more people discover this talented artist’s unique brand of Americana music.
1. Nashville Winter
The album gets started with kind of a mid tempo tune about the story of Nick 13. It seems like it’s autobiographical so I’ll roll with that analysis. The story is about Nick traveling away from his home, away from everything he seemingly needed or wanted. He had to pursue his dream and give it a try. The Nashville winter is the back drop once he arrives. It’s colder than he thought it would be. Things aren’t perfect as he pursues his dream. It seems to be an accurate depiction of where Nick has been and probably will go. He made it through the difficult times and now sees the beauty of the life for the Nashville Winter he found on his own. Now he’s heading back home to everything he loves. I think this is a great way to kick of the album and introduce folks to Nick 13.
2. Carry My Body Down
Things get a bit eery on the second track – Carry My Body Down. The beat of the song has a low, almost creepy feeling. The strumming instrument in the middle of the chorus remind me of the Marty Robbins tracks of the ’50s. This song has an almost Western-like feel to it. I actually really like it. It’s cool and like nothing else I’m hearing right now in country music. I like this song a lot and it seems others in Nick 13’s fan club really like it as well.
Things get a bit more cheery on 101. It’s the classic road song about traveling down the road of life and taking on the observations. The beat of the song keeps you moving along with Nick at a pretty good clip. It’s almost like you’re right there traveling with him as you take in the sights and think about life. Even though Nick’s song is pretty descriptive of his own life it’s easy to put yourself in his place and think about your own life. Country music is weird like that. A story can be completely someone else’s yet we can somehow imagine ourselves in their place and relate it to our own lives. This is a great track.
4. All Alone
My favorite part of this song is the train sound. I know it’s shallow to think of that as a favorite part, but it stands out and it’s fun. The song is kind of depressing. Nick is missing someone and now he feels all alone. I’m not sure exactly who or what the song is about, but he’s definitely on his own and searching for something. Perhaps that’s what we’re all doing in life. Searching for answers.
5. Restless Moon
The music changes a little on this track. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the album. The music reminds me of the country songs of the ’80s. I’m thinking Randy Travis and Ricky Skaggs here. Restless Moon has this great rolling melody with yearning lyrics full of emotion in the vocals by Nick 13. I wish there were more songs like this played on the radio today. It’s gor a great sound and I think people would love it. I’m not sure we’ll hear it on the radio so be sure to get this track for sure and play it over and over. That’s my plan. It’s a great song.
6. In The Orchard
Now we’re back in the ’50s again with Roy Orbison and Elvis. I’m not sure what it is about Nick 13, but he brings out these comparisons for me. I think in the end I have to put Nick 13 in his own category. There is nobody else like him. He’s versatile and he can really write some great songs. In The Orchard seems to be about remembering a past love and spending time together back somewhere in time. I’m sure we’ve all had that kind of moment with someone. It’s another great track with a really classic and unique sound.
The fiddle gets picked back up for Someday. I love hearing this kind of country music and bluegrass. It’s the perfect blend. Bluegrass always has such great hooks and melodies in the music. It’s hard not to smile and tap your feet along with the beat. That’s what Someday has going for it. There is the great melody and a good story to boot. This is something I always say to my girlfriend – Someday. I’m not sure how long she’ll be waiting for someday, but I keep putting a few things off. Perhaps it’s finally time to get over the fears of life and make today someday.
8. Cupid’s Victim
More classic country sound here. This one has the tavern written all over it. There are guys and gals all over the nation sitting at a bar stool thinking about how they’re the victim of Cupid’s latest games. I picture the guy in the bar thinking in the bar. He’s taking one last look at the life he has now and how he’s falling in love and will need to say goodbye to his bachelor ways. It happens to all of us at some point and it really shakes things up…for the better of course. That darn Cupid…
9. Nighttime Sky
After falling in love on the last track we’re back to thinking about lost love in this track. In fact, we’re not even sure if there is anyone out there for us. There is some hope, though. Nick looks out into the Nighttime Sky and hopes to find that someone just for him. Hopefully your dream love is out there and you aren’t stuck looking into the nighttime sky and simply dreaming.
10. Gambler’s Life
Things really get cranking fast on the closing track. It’s almost like a train ripping through town. It’s probably an accurate depiction of how a gambler needs to live their life – on the fast pace always wondering if there is something to run toward or something to run from. Money and women and everything in between are the things a gambler seems to deal with in life. They’re all taken care of in this track. It’s a great way to close out the album. It leaves you wanting more from this budding solo artist – Nick 13.
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