April 8, 2009

Ben Nichols - The Last Pale Light In The West (2009)

Lucero fans will most likely already be aware of this recent EP from the band's front man, Ben Nichols, but for those who are not tapped into the Lucero circle, this is definitely worth getting your hands on. The Last Pale Light In The West is a stripped-down, "Blood Meridian" themed, folk-country album that features Nichols' rasp and acoustic guitar, with subtle backing. The 7 track album moves quickly with minimalistic quality throughout, leaving me wanting more length to the existing tracks, and more tracks to the album; however, I'm happy with the likes of the title track, as well as "Chambers," "Tobin," & "The Kid."


awmercy said...

I finally got around to listening to this album. Although I still like his plugged in Lucero work better, I definitely enjoy the dark moody vibe of these songs.