CD REVIEW: Nick Tate - "Turn Into Twilight"
By Gian F - 07/14/2010 - 08:53 PM EDT
Artist: Nick Tate
Album: Turn Into Twilight
Genre: Adult Alternative
Sounds Like: John Mayer
Technical Grade: 7/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 7/10
Songwriting Skills: 7/10
Performance Skill: 7/10
Best Songs: Unnecessary, This Is Me, 25, Till The Moon Falls Down
Weakness: More production
It's only appropriate to begin this review by stating the obvious: Comparisons to John Mayer are inevitable. That being said, Nick Tate is not a John Mayer wannabe. In fact, upon close examination (and listening), he sounds less like John Mayer, and more like a performance driven, singer/songwriter who eloquently captures the angst of adjusting to the shifting landscape of life at age 25.
His easy-to-listen to, guitar based tracks display talent, and a conscious awareness of what audiences will appreciate. Even though the the most commercial song, "25," illustrates this point, it all comes together for him musically on the funky, laid-back, and sneakily melodic, "Unnecessary." Other tracks such as "This Is Me," (in which he sounds most like John Mayer), and "Till The Moon Falls Down," aptly display his artistry and commercial appeal.
Overall, Nick Tate has something worth watching. It will be interesting to see how he allows his talent to Turn Into Twilight.
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