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Happiness In Time
(Hoodoo Music HM00003)
Review Date: Nov, 2008
by Tom Hamilton
This is Nathan Maxwell's first full length CD after 2004's triumphant "Undone " EP and he has delivered yet again with another batch of classic American rock'n'roll, that will get the blood racing through even the hardest of hearts. That is not saying there has been no progression, Nathan's writing has matured considerably on this rocking soulful affair. The line-up includes some great talents with amazing track records as in the case of Kelvin Dixon (John Lee Hooker) on drums and Henry Oden (Joe Louis Walker) on bass.
There will be some people, on their first hearing of Nathan are always going to comment on the Stones influence, homage, call it what you will, but It has to be remembered that the Stones were influenced by classic American sounds of the past during there years of R&B covers. And so the music cycle turns again.
The album is a fine weave of blues country and soul from its opener "Morning Comes", 2 minutes 25 seconds of the finest country soul I've heard for many a year with great vocals alongside Nathan from, the mighty fine, Lady Bianca. "Come On Girl" keeps the rhythm going with more of a gospel feel highlighting some fine piano, which is present throughout the whole album, from Lorenzo Hawkins. On the quirky, mixed tempo Bankrobber which starts with a great Johnny Cash style chord arrangement, has some of the best southern soul that is reminicent of the great Jim Ford at his best. 'It's You I've Come Back To Find' is fine dust bowl country song showing the live in studio recorded feel. The album closes with California Star which bring all the great things about this album together in the combination of exquisite piano, soul wrenching steel playing and fine fine songwriting.
Happiness in Time will slip in nicely next to the classic Stones in your colllection and last years great CD " Riot City Blues" from Primal Scream. This album shines in the present deluge of major label songwriters who can only glimmer next to the talent shown from Nathan and guests on this fine album. Check it out!!!!
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