Nathaniel Freeman - Pieced Together By Trial And Error

Published Wednesday 30th November 2011
Nathaniel Freeman - Pieced Together By Trial And Error
Nathaniel Freeman - Pieced Together By Trial And Error

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 120095-18627
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Martin I Smith

This is the Welsh singer/songwriter's story and expression of some hard years passed in his family. Struggle is hardly an original source of inspiration, but then it needn't be; for whatever reason, some curious aspect of human psychology/spirituality works with pain to produce memorable art. Freeman finds himself firmly in the grip of this strange phenomenon. While sincerely devotional in nature, the background context of hurt is visceral. The songwriting in this debut doesn't try to push any genre boundaries, but it is warm and honest, and without sounding low-fi, the production leaves a sound so organic you'll wonder if this record ever made it through a studio before reaching your stereo. It feels like Nathaniel's just set up his acoustic in your own room. Besides a surprise electric guitar solo in closer "I Will Be", the album is more emotionally brave than instrumentally, but it's simple and honest, and you'd be tight-fisted to demand more.

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