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Nelson Peace Out Review 2015

Release Date: May 15th 2015



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What the world needs in 2015 is another Nelson album. No really, it does… In a world where the rich, the government and the banks shit on us all and wars wage across the globe not to mention global warming, ebola and the imminent threat from giant space slugs. There is but one answer… and that is glorious, high energy, insanely positive and deliciously cheesy Rock and Roll.

If the insane hybrid of the Nelson of old, together with a dash of Danger Danger, a smattering of Cheap Trick via Rick Springfield and all the ‘Hair Metal’ clichés in the book of ‘Hello Everybody’ doesn’t get you, then you immediately need to get your cynicism levels checked and your frown turned upside down…

Heavenly harmonies and positive messages and a shot of old nostalgia bring ‘Back in the Day’ into glorious technicolour life and just the opening of ‘Invincible’ makes you feel ten feet tall. This is an album that can make you forget and make you remember.    

‘Let it rides’ tells a familiar tale of triumph over adversity, while ‘I Wanna Stay Home’ piles on the love but it’s the sheer silky luxurious melodic rock of ‘On the Bright Side’ that make you ache with the time when Rock like this stood alongside the Aerosmiths and the Crues and the Metallicas of the world and we loved it all. Rock has lost its way in a mindless obsession with labels and lost its soul in digital compressed files that smother the life out of anything but mindlessly repetitive Pop and Rap. Listen to the solo here and tell me it doesn’t move you, listen to the sweet background vocals and tell me you don’t want to drift away on them.

‘Rockstar’ adds a slightly darker tone, and the short and sweet ‘Autograph’ and harder edge amidst the lush memories. What the album needs of course is that bona-fide classic to sit with the best of this and the back catalogue. ‘What’s Not to Love’ is that song – the sort of song that Bon Jovi used to be capable of – a Rock song with just enough Pop and big enough hooks to pull everyone in.

‘You and Me’ might sound like it’s going to be the big ballad but it fires out of the gates as a bluesy rocker with real fire in the belly not a million miles away from what modern-day Europe are doing so well. It’s a song so full of Rock you just wish the brothers would let it off the chain a little more frequently. As direct contrast the beautifully evocative ‘Bad For You’ starts with a haunting guitar solo before after a minute of beauty we again hit the ground running. They listened! It’s a great rocker with shared vocals that has an almost film noir meets hard rock feel to it and the simplicity of the searing guitar works so damn well.

Closing track ‘Leave the Light on For Me’ of course is that huge soulful ballad, big soulful and bluesy with a wash of Nashville backing vocals laid across a story of lost souls. Anyone else making music like this would be praised to high heavens and you hope to hell that Nelson are too. This is a great album: powerful at times, beautiful at others and damned good fun when it wants to be. It’s time to believe people.    

Nelson has just released the second best album of their career. This will make you feel all warm inside.      

Review by Mark Rockpit