Nate Currin Album Review
Up until this point working with RARASFARM, I have almost exclusively reviewed albums formed by bands in their youth.
Being in my early twenties I feel a certain draw to bands composed of people my age. The lyrics are strong, emotional, and generally surround things I can relate to. Bands in their youth are a wonderful thing; their lyrics and sound often personify the uneasy and awkward transition between childhood and adulthood. These bands are experiencing many things for the first time and these new experiences and transitions make for powerful songs. However, eventually young bands grow up and if their lucky they become something like Nate Currin.
It’s hard to make a good album but it’s even harder to make a better follow-up album. Nate Currin’s 2013 concept album The Pilgrim was nearly flawless and listeners will be happy to hear that his follow up album You and I are Ghosts is equally if not more pleasing.
Music is such a subjective art that it’s hard to call any one album perfect but Nate Currin has come as close as possible, twice in a row. His latest offering is a blessing to the music world. I respect young artists depicting their growing pains through their music but what I respect even more is a seasoned artist’s understanding of life.
Nate Currin has been through it all and what’s better is he is so clearly able to express his emotions and life experience through his music. You and I Are Ghosts covers issues from relationship and friends to lifestyles and places. The concept behind the album is that everyone goes through phases in their lives and everything we leave behind are ghosts. Nate has an incredible understanding and a vastly inspiring outlook on all aspects of life.
On “Our Fading Numbered Days,” Nate says “I’ve no regrets the things we all forget lost and gone in distant haste.” The album is all about taking the best outlook on all facets of life; it’s a textbook on the best way to view life. Not all of life is wonderful but Currin reminds us all that life only exists as we view it.
The message and lyrics on the album should be looked at as a bible for growing bands but the mighty shadow that the album’s message casts does not block out the other amazing elements of the album. Not since Yellowcard have I heard a violin incorporated in rock music so well. Given, Nate Currin is in an entirely different genre of rock but it makes the violin on the album no less enthralling. Nate knows when to bring in the violin and when to let the acoustic guitar do the talking.
The instrumentals have a very solemn sound to them that compliment Nate’s voice exceptionally well. The album stays true to its pop rock/ folk genre but leans more to the folk side. Nate’s voice naturally lends itself to a folk twang; he has the voice of a weathered man, a man who has seen the world and has something to say about it.
After listening to You and I are Ghosts nearly 1000 times, I am left wondering how it is possible that artists like Nate Currin exist outside of the top forty charts. His style isn’t the kind you’d normally hear blasted on the radio over and over but it is the kind you listen to once and get hooked.
If you have time on your hands to reflect on your entire life, I highly recommend you download Nate Currin’s You and I Are Ghosts from iTunes immediately. Even if you don’t have time for all that, still download the album because I promise you it will instantly become a new favorite.