Nic-B - Why

Published Friday 15th March 2013
Nic-B - Why
Nic-B - Why

RATING 5 5 5 5 5
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 132631-19856
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Paddy Hudspith

This homegrown offering from South Africa's Nic-B presents to the world a diverse and intriguing debut from a relative latecomer to professional music. Nic picked up a guitar in his 30s and his enthusiasm for the instrument, along with a little piano tuition recalled from childhood, led him into songwriting and professional music; today Nic is proud that he "...hardly ever takes longer than about two hours to complete a song from start to finish". 'Why' showcases 12 of these tunes, and they fall into two general categories: confessional, intimate piano-led ballads ("Too Late", "I Am", the title track which interrogates the God who allows tragedies such as child death), and high concept narratives, some of which are quirky to say the least. Of the latter category, the likes of "John 8v7" (about Jesus' encounter with a woman caught in adultery) and "Farisee" (sic), which narrates Christ's encounters with the religious authorities, do pass muster although the songwriting is quite forced throughout. However, "Paradise", "Tongues" and the stark "Hell" (a first-person description of an unrepentant sinner's descent into the abyss and subsequent torment) are hard going. Couple this with the obviously limited production resources available to Nic-B, and it becomes difficult to recommend 'Why' wholeheartedly. Good ideas though, and plenty of heart and ambition, which will hopefully pay off in greater measure in future.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Nic - B in South Africa @ 05:54 on Mar 26 2013

i would just like to thank Paddy Hudspith for the review of my album "WHY".
I am aware of the "quality" of the album but being a smalltime musician in the world and having to finance ALL works myself, makes it is very difficult to get ANY professional company and or musos to assist in the production and producing of a High Quality product. Either way I would like to thank Cross Rythms for their trouble and for the review people who actually listened to my tunes !

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