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Nelson - 1995 Because They Can

ARTIST: Nelson
ALBUM: Because They Can
LABEL: Geffen
YEAR: 1995


LINEUP: Gunnar Nelson - vocals, guitars * Matthew Nelson - vocals, bass * Brett Garsed - guitars * Joey Cathcart - guitars * Paul Mirkovich - piano, keyboards * Bobby Rock - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 (You Got Me) All Shook Up * 02 The Great Escape * 03 Five O'Clock Plane * 04 Cross My Broken Heart * 05 Peace On Earth * 06 Remi * 07 Won't Walk Away * 08 Only A Moment Away * 09 Joshua Is With Me Now * 10 Love Me Today * 11 Be Still * 12 Right Before Your Eyes * 13 Nobody Wins In The End

WEBLINKS: www.nelsonrockband.com

It took the best part of five years to see the release of the second Nelson album. 'Because They Can' was not the original scheduled second release (technically 'Imaginator' was), but due to 'politics' (for want of a better word) it saw the light of day first. This effort straddles the melodic rock and new country fence, and for what it's worth, I love it. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I have a soft spot for some of those country rock outfits like Blackhawk, Restless Heart, Diamond Rio and Little Texas, so it wasn't difficult to slip between the grooves on this CD. Cross this with a West Coast oriented band like Venice, and you get the picture. Most of the lineup from 'After The Rain' are here, though there are many other session musicians playing throughout the material, such as Mike Baird, Mike Botts, Elliot Easton, Don Felder, Steve Porcaro, Timothy B Schmit and Venice's own Mark Lennon. Production duties this time are handled by family friend John Boylan.

The Songs
The acoustic guitars are right up in the mix, and when combined with the backbone of harmony vocals the end result is warm, and luscious. This is no better demonstrated on tracks like the album opener 'All Shook Up' and the impressive 'Five O'Clock Plane'. The level of urgency increases a couple of notches on 'The Great Escape' and the stomping 'Wont Walk Away'. The latter is an awesome song! Another epic style rocker comes in the shape of 'Be Still', a 'big' sounding track akin to Jon Bon Jovi doing the acoustic/electric gig. Most of the other songs are an assortment of guitar based ballads or softer rock songs which though good are not as immediate as those mentioned above.

In Summary
For those wishing to indulge in pure melodious rock veering on the softer side, with a penchant for country tinged or West Coast flavoured stylings, here is a prime contender for your collection. Oh, and while you're at it, grab all the Nelson albums you can lay claim to. They're all worth having!

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#1 | jeffrey343 on January 01 1970 01:00:00
I got this back when it came out, and I was initially disappointed that it wasn't 'After The Rain II'. But it is definitely a good CD, just less of a hard-rock style. I do think it is a bit long - my interest sometimes wanes towards the end. Since it doesn't 'rock' as much as the first one, I don't play the songs from this as often. But it gets played fairly frequently.
#2 | rostoned on June 16 2008 20:17:48
This album is loaded with GREAT songs! 'The Great Escape' is a personal favourite masterpiece. Vastly overlooked ultra mellow but ipertasty platter and....great sense of irony too (look at the cover)! Sad to see it's currently out of print and for sale, from the usual suspects, at less than a dollar! A modern 'cult classic' in 10 years? helpless
#3 | richardb on June 17 2008 10:40:53
I love this album though agree it's rather mellow. There's some wonderful songs. For example 'Cross my broken heart'. This a moving heartfelt ballad. In the hands of lesser mortals it would come across as maudlin or worse still soppy!

Richard B
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