Niles' meat 'n' potatoes rock 'n' roll has rung true like a tenacious clarion or some thirty years now, and The Innocent Ones very well ranks up there with his rowdy best.
Finally available in the US after being a long sought Euro import, The Innocent Ones opens, sagely enough, with the sound of bells heralding a new days. 'Singing Bells' sets the pace of this new statement with a Clash-like fervor that cranks up even more on the Celtic powered title track and the revved up revolution rock of One Guitar.
But as any long standing rebel will attest, revolution without love is empty, so Nile offers us the entirely un-abashed Dylan-esque revelry Sideways Beautiful. Sort of like how Phil Ochs labored in Dylan's shadow, Nile continues to dazzle in Springsteen's, writing such great, indelible tunes like Song For You, Hear You Breathe and Rich and Broken. If utter masterpieces like his 1980 debut, 81's, Golden Dow, and 2009's exquisite House of a Thousand Guitars didn't break his cult status, it's highly unlikely The Innocent Ones will manage the feat, and such is the shame. Hopefully #occupy can find an anthem here.
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