Next 2 Nothing - New Today

Published Saturday 5th April 2014
Next 2 Nothing - New Today
Next 2 Nothing - New Today

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 147139-21711
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paul S Ganney

This CD is rock in a gentle sort of sense - more Crowded House than Metallica. In fact, very Crowded House (with a side-salad of Eagles) and as they describe themselves as something for rockers and country fans, I guess it's a comparison they'd be happy with. 'New Today' is very pleasant listening, more something to sway to than jump up and down. Even the wonderful guitar solo on "All I Want To Be" is more Clapton than Bonamassa. So have this Pennsylvania-based band, who've been gigging for years, any good? Yes, they are. 'New Today' is very well written, arranged, recorded and performed. Next 2 Nothing grew out of a worship team, which shows in their lyrical clarity and exhortations not to give up on God. Even the CD is paced more like a worship concert: building to the rockier stuff rather than kicking straight in, then backing off again rather than going all out for the finish line. When they go up-tempo, particularly on "Shine A Light", it does move well, especially when the organ kicks in at the mid-point and the lead guitar then taking over to complement the mood perfectly. All in all, an impressive album.

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