Joe Nolan — Tornado
♣ Vycházející hvězda na kanadské folk–roots scéně. Typická late–night/early–morning music. U nás má k němu nejblíže Marek Dusil. Nolan však stále hledá svou identitu jako zpěvák. Jeho hlas roštuje téměř bez námahy mezi “podobou Bruce Cockburn, Danny Michel, Tom Petty, Tom Waits a Eddie Vedder”, což jsou vynikající referenční body ve všech ohledech a zároveň jasným znamením, že Nolan “zanechává stopu”, aby se časem odlišil jako jeden z nejlepších kanadských písničkářů.
• “Artist To Watch 2014″ ~ No Depression
• Playlist picks: “Tightrope Dancer,” “Did Somebody Call the Cops,” “Massey Hall” ~ Luc Rinaldi
Location: Fort Saskatchewan ~ Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Album release: January 27, 2014
Record Label: Six Shooter/Rootsy
01. Tightrope Dancer 4:12
02. Autumn Sky 3:55
03. The Pawnshow 3:28
04. I Know The Difference 3:53
05. Tornado 4:13
06. Did Somebody Call The Cops 5:13
07. (I Don't Want To Wake Up) One The Highway 4:43
08. I’ll Still Remember Your Name 4:12
09. My Sweet Forever 4:47
10. Shambles 4:13
11. Massey Hall 3:07
SIX SHOOTER RECORDS © 2014
By Matthew McKean; Published Jan 28, 2014; Score: 8
♣ Edmonton singer–songwriter Joe Nolan is a rising star on Canada's folk–roots scene. His debut album, Goodbye Cinderella (2011), earned him a record deal with Toronto's esteemed Six Shooter Records, and a ticket to Nashville to record songs for his sophomore effort with the likes of Colin Linden, John Whynot, Tom Wilson and Marco Giovino. The result, Tornado, is a remarkable collection of slow–burning melancholia.
♣ "Tightrope Dancer," the album's first track, sets the confessional tone and Nolan is still singing, teeth–clenched, of heartache, regret, and lost love in "I'll Still Remember Your Name," "My Sweet Forever" and "Shambles." On the last track, he admits his dream of singing with his "one and only…at the end of it all" at "Massey Hall."
♣ The title track and "The Pawnshop" are the real standouts here, in part because they capture Nolan's lyrical warmth and offer the fullest expression of the album's superb low–key musicianship. What's so impressive is that Nolan has pulled off an album of pining and aching that somehow doesn't feel sad.
♣ Variations in Nolan's pitch and articulation from song to song suggest impressive vocal control, but also that Nolan is still searching for his identity as a singer. His rasp switches effortlessly between Bruce Cockburn, Danny Michel, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, and Eddie Vedder, superb reference points all, and a sure sign that Nolan is well on his way to distinguishing himself as one of Canada's finest singer–songwriters. (Six Shooter) :: http://exclaim.ca/
BY: LUC RINALDI, THU FEB 6, 2014, SCORE. 7
By Kerry Doole
:: http://www.newcanadianmusic.ca/releases/t/tornado/joe-nolan/2014-01-27 © Heather Pollock
• While it’s not every day that a songwriter makes it from the shadows of open mic nights to the high wattage, real deal scene, Joe Nolan’s old soul lyrics and striking vocals suggest that the odds of breaking through are in his favour.
• Joe Nolan’s distinctive and intimate vocals stack the deck. From theramin tremors to raw howls, his range of expression reaches extremes. He delivers bandaged fragility and raw rage with equal impact. The songs are fervent, pressing and intense, attuned at once to the world of youthful melodramas in which Joe, an artist in his early 20s lives, and an older, deeper level of human experience. Insight into the latter has nothing to do with age.
• The strength of his debut record, Goodbye Cinderella (2011), earned a nomination for Canadian Folk Music Award Emerging Artist of the Year, a record deal, and a chance to record in Nashville with some of the most respected names in the business, included Colin Linden, Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Norah Jones) and John Whynot (Lucinda Williams, Blue Rodeo).
• Even in the spotlight, the lyrical contours of Joe Nolan’s confessions retain their mystery. Tornado, a collection of songs that befit a rising star in the songwriting world, was released by Six Shooter Records on January 28, 2014.
• “A remarkable collection of slow–burning melancholia.” ~ Exclaim
• “The Edmonton singer–songwriter will try to sweep you off your feet with his woozy ditties, groggy vocals and lyrics about the rush of lust, the vagaries of love, and late–night/early–morning drives.” ~ Edmonton Journal
• “Viewing the world from a battered heart and through beautifully bloodshot, half-mast eyes.” ~ Calgary Herald
• “This is one twister you won’t mind getting caught up in.” ~ New Canadian Music
• “Nolan is raw talent through and through.” ~ No Depression
• “You’ve been looking for just this: a warmth against January’s sting, a voice for every kind of heartache, a reason to be excited about local music. Joe Nolan is your man.” ~ The Gateway
• “Nolan’s thing is taking off, and it is strong.” ~ Globe & Mail
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