Melbourne singer-songwriter Nick Batterham has a new album – Golden Boy – that is one for the PoP faithful to savour from start to finish.
It is a collection of songs that treasures the art and craft of classic pop-rock songwriting – where thoughtful chord progressions intertwine with sophisticated melodies to connect upon first listen but reveal deeper pleasures upon closer inspection.
There is a strong country-folk/folk-rock tradition running through the spine of the album. When he decides to be fragile, the spectres of Elliot Smith and Nick Drake echo in between the lines.
When the arrangements call for a slightly more uptempo rhythm, there is the chiming of the guitars that is highly reminiscent of the classic Byrds sound that has resonated with rock lovers down the decades.
These mostly 2 – 3 minute tracks never overstay their welcome – delivering their tuneful ruminations effectively before moving on.
Filled with Batterham’s insights on life, communicated in melancholic language, it would take a more mature listener to fully appreciate the pointed observations.
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