On 6th July 2006 at 05:59 Anonymous 660 wrote...
A very disappointing review from Garnett. He appears to be so unimpressed with the single that he doesn't bother to review it; instead he chooses to show how cool he is by denouncing the genre as completely average country tinged rock.
Although complimentary in part, any compliments are back-handed and Garnett tries to distance himself from giving the reader any impression that there might be anything worthwhile in Nichols' music - "Nichols was HANDED the award" (he didn't win it)
"Technically smart and well crafted songs but totally tired territory "
Back to the review of the single - it doesn't exist. There is no discussion of what is good or bad in either of the songs, in fact little to show that Garnett had listened to either of them.
By contrast, the reviews by Sam Sauders in [url=http://www.whisperinandhollerin.com/reviews/review.asp?id=3109] Whisperin and Hollerin[/url] and Bob Henderson in [url=http://www.studentguru.co.uk/musicguru/cdreviews/RobNichols]Music Guru[/url] take the time to discuss both songs, their lyrics, performance and production.
Both Henderson and Saunders were impressed by both songs on the release and took the time to share their impressions with their readers.
""Words and Numbers" has the timber-framed resonance of respectful Americana. From the guitar solo to the movie-voice samples the frontier openness is lovingly added to a rather English song of reluctant self-discovery and tentative hope" (Sam Saunders)
"A different approach is taken on 'For Someone', a much more mellow affair which musically at least pays homage to the likes of Elliott Smith. Effects on the guitar give a slightly woozy, dream-like feel to proceedings, and his on-the-verge-of-tears vocals top it off brilliantly:
"Some of the same things that bring me down, I sometimes find strength in / Some are worth nothing, you were worth every one."
Moving, evocative stuff." (Bob Henderson)
But even had they not liked the songs, I would have hoped that they would have gone into the same depth with their treatment of them.
I started by saying that this was a disappointing review.
I suppose I was expecting something with more substance from the guy who was handed the award for best writer at the Independent Leeds Music Awards