The Last Pale Light In The West by Ben Nichols

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Jan 242009
 


Lucero frontman Ben Nichols brings takes his gravel-throated vocal style that he perfected from his wall-of-sound Lucero CDs and applies it to a set of 7 songs that are more dramatic, atmospheric, and angsty. Accoring to press materials, the songs on this EP are inspired from Cormac McCarthy’s novel, “Blood Meridien.” And it’s true the songs on this album are generally ballads about heroes and ant-heroes and drifters. It often reminds me of the Don Chamber’s Zebulon release last year. Makes for a nice change of pace for Nichols, and a good CD for the rest of us who are always looking for more Lucero. “Tobin” captures an edgy dark side of the West which you don’t get very often. Other strong tracks are “The Kid,” and “Davy Brown.” But my favorite is the title track, “The Last Pale Light In The West.”