‘FORGET THE BETWEEN’ by Nate Logston – CD Review by Geoffree Bennett.
That memorable day at Newport, Bob Dylan changed the world of folk music and took it into the twentieth century but I suspect that he was only part of a movement which had been sheltering in bedrooms and backrooms across the western world. Dylan introduced rock and roll to what, in my opinion, was a staid and pedantic genre mainly concerning itself with history from a third party perspective. The traditional brigade saw personal feelings as unmentionable. Dylan whil introducing electronic sound also encouraged the singer/song writers to come out of the bedroom bare-chested and brazen – if the likes of Baez, Collins and Mitchell don’t mind the image!
Now into the twenty-first century, we have the likes of Nate Logston, to share their inner feelings in a dynamic style. This could still be in the warm closeness of the back room but with a quality of sound never achieved there and then. Nate’s back room is of course in the USA and he is a logstanding active member of Musicians Together. This is where I first came accross his music. But… to the album!
The opening track, ‘Little things I Keep from You’ with a smooth rhythm and
beautiful guitar accompaniment explores that angst-ridden time when you have to
decide how much is too much in opening your heart.
The second track, ‘Can’t Do This Like This’ continues the angst but Nate’s
vocals and instrumental backing take the weight out of it and turn the pain to
pleasure…well to the ear anyway.
‘Someone Else Was Me’ and ‘Remember When’ both affect a lower register with
a ‘basey’ guitar rhythm providing an atmospheric mood to the piece. ‘Quicksand’
has a rolling, bouncy rhythm though it deals with the end of a relationship. Still, sometimes the end of the rows and anger can leave you with a more positive, upbeat feeling.
To me, the instrumental introduction to any song helps to decide if the song
is going to catch the attention. This is certainly the case with ‘Borrow You’ an unaccompanied guitar break leads into an almost conversational piece. Yes Nate, there will be some who will want to ‘run away’ with you.
‘Does It Scare You Like It Scare Me’ fits the storytelling style I most enjoy in songs while ‘If I Could Set You Free’ ups the rhythm to a more ‘rocky’ feel.
The near whispering vocals in ‘Worth Holding On’ made me take a look at this
guy (you can do this by checking out his sites) I was right in feeling this man
sounds and looks romantic. I’m not one to compare musical styles but looks are fair game. I am thinking Kris Kristofferson meets a young Cat Stevens. Make your own comparisons. The final track continues the romance at it greatest poignancy,
‘Chances Go Away’ reminds me to note the simplicity of this recording. A beautiful gift doesn’t need fancy wrapping and with a mellow voice complimented by an exquisite guitar this is indeed a gift. I won’t spoil the ending but it is a clever end to a well produced collection.
Now the easy stuff….Nate Logston is a singer/songwriter from Indiana, USA.
He doesn’t think of himself as a singer but to my mind, this compilation rather
disproves his opinion.
Geoff Bennett – April 2012.
Check out Nate’s MT channell for videos, web and buy links.
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