Title: Into The Light
(Note: Nina is an Australian artist, based in the U.K.)
The first thing I do when I get a new CD is to listen to about the first 30 seconds of each track. If the track has what I call radio appeal, that is, I consider it will keep my radio audience listening, then I keep listening. To distinguish tracks,
I use this code: No tick = not for airplay; 1 tick = like, 2 ticks = like a lot.
So, here’s what happened when I listened to Nina Ferro’s album…
EVERY track received at least 1 tick and some received 2 ticks! Conclusion: Not one mediocre track on this album. That in itself, is extraordinary because most albums have at least one or two dodgy additions or ‘fillers’.
I absolutely love Nina’s voice. It’s the kind of voice you don’t get sick of hearing. Some albums sound very ‘samey’ after awhile. Not so this album.
Nina’s voice has a beautiful maturity, with emotion permeating each song, whether it’s a beautiful ballad or a raunchy rocker.
The opening track which is somewhat reminiscent of a Michael Franti song, has a country feel, and there’s plenty more country, blues, rock, jazz and soulful influences throughout the album.
As with many songwriters, Nina’s songs are about her own experiences, and the poignancy with which she writes takes you on a journey to the very core of her soul… with many tracks giving you an insight into what has wrenched at her heart.
There’s only one problem with this CD… choosing what song/s to play on my radio show! They are all so accessible, not just for the casual listener, but for the demanding and critical radio audiences.
Outstanding tracks for me: When I Find You; Look Speak Fall; Let You Go.
Nina has a natural gift for songwriting and telling stories that pull you in, giving you a feeling of empathy with her own experiences.
Finally, the superb Nashville-based musicians, the production, and everything about this album is pure class.
I suggest you get a copy ASAP and play it often, at home, in the car, on your ipod… in fact, whenever and wherever you have music with you.
Sam Hawksley – guitar, vocals
Rob McNelley – guitars
Steve Mackey – bass
Jano Rix – drums
Michael Rojas – keys
James Farrell – keys
See album liner notes for production and songwriting collaboration details, and read Nina’s bio on her website for more info. http://www.ninaferro.com/bio/