Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Giddy Motors, Nina Nastasia|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
The new album from Nina Nastasia, Outlaster is an achievement of staggering beauty by an artist of pervasive, quiet influence undergoing a sea change in musical form. Though the signposts of Nastasia's sensibility are stil... more »
The new album from Nina Nastasia, Outlaster is an achievement of staggering beauty by an artist of pervasive, quiet influence undergoing a sea change in musical form. Though the signposts of Nastasia's sensibility are still present: songwriting impeccable but not fussy, lyrics intelligent and provocative but not overly enamored with their own cleverness, her work continues to startle and intrigue even Nina Nastasia obsessives.
A somber beauty
William Merrill | San Antonio, TX United States | 07/02/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nina Nastasia's latest work is a forlornly beautiful collection of ten folkish tunes, usually featuring exquisite acoustic accompaniment from some combination of a string quartet, woodwind quartet, and rhythm trio (guitar-bass-drum). The songs were expertly "recorded" by the legendary Steve Albini in Chicago. With Nina having a somewhat sweeter singing voice than Lisa Germano's, the two artists' styles are still somewhat similar; Ms Germano's music also being more relentlessly gloomy. In any case, I really recommend LG fans check out Nina. Along with the slow-folk, Outlaster also reveals a musical theater aspect on "This Familiar Way". It's a dramatic number that makes very effective use of all three ensembles and the players, especially the woodwinds and violin. Many listeners came to Nina's music via her song "Ugly Face", which was used over the closing credits of the horror flick Carriers. Hopefully they were then brave enough to try more of her songs or even albums. Outlaster is certainly a rewarding listen for those who like folk music with a chamber music twist, and who appreciate melancholy songs for the end of time. I am baffled as to why Amazon has this CD listed in some places as by "Giddy Motors and Nina Nastasia", though. There is no reference to "Giddy Motors" anywhere in the booklet or on the other packaging, nor is the album listed that way on her label's web site (fatcat)."
a reader | Phoenix, AZ United States | 07/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How I loved The Blackened Air. But Outlaster just replaced that as my favorite Nina Nastasia album. It's beautiful, moving, and powerful. It's so good that I don't want anyone else to listen to it because I just want it for myself. Selfish, I know, but I can't help it. I love how Nastasia evolves with each subsequent record, but never, ever diverts from the path--the core is the same, but each record has a theme that exposes another facet of her. Great record. Beautiful work. "Wakes" is orchestrated flawlessly, and it's--I think--the best track on Outlaster."