Since first discovering Brooks playing a nightly session on a porch at the Kerrville Folk Festival and marvelling at his different picking techniques I have loved his recordings and Nectar is no exception. More electric than previous works the songs still sparkle with clarity and brilliance of the individual instruments. Brooks comfortably sets the mood for danceable rock'n'roll, deep delta blues, jazzy tunes or tender ballads and he and his fellow musicians explore the possibilities of "conversation," one theme being picked up by one guitar and answered by another, supported by various percussion instruments and the occasional melodica or Hammond organ. His singing is straight forward and clear with some fine and unexpected harmonies, delivering lyrics with the everlasting themes of love, longing and loneliness, but also affirmation and optimism . This is excellent good time music.
The booklet contains all the lyrics and track-by-track listing of the musicians and instruments.
The promo material states that with clocking in at just under 40 minutes there isn't one wasted moment on the whole recording. I guess I have to wave my flag here again for my little crusade! The time on the player says just over 35 minutes so there are about 40 minutes of wasted moments of silence! Wake up, folks, we're not in the age of vinyl anymore and the capacity of a CD is at least 70 minutes, and if customers are supposed to shell out about 15 bucks I feel they can expect quality AND quantity. The first has been delivered very well, the second makes me angry.
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