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Nelson - 2010 Lightning Strikes Twice



ARTIST: Nelson
ALBUM: Lightning Strikes Twice
LABEL: Frontiers
SERIAL: FRCD 486
YEAR: 2010

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gunnar Nelson - lead vocals, guitars * Matthew Nelson - lead vocals, bass * Gary Corbett - piano, keyboards * Brian Burwell - drums * David Morgan - piano, background vocals * Steve Lukather - guitar 'To Get Back To You'

TRACK LISTING: 01 Call Me * 02 Day By Day * 03 Ready Willing And Able * 04 How Can I Miss You * 05 You're All I Need Tonight * 06 To Get Back To You * 07 When You're Gone * 08 Take Me There * 09 Come * 10 In It For The Money * 11 Change A Thing * 12 Kickin' My Heart Around

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WEBLINKS: www.nelsonrockband.com


Background
A popular draw among the melodic rock audience are the Timotei Twins - Nelson. Over the years we've reviewed most (if not all) their albums here at GDAZE. Their run of recorded material goes back to 1990 but still many consider their debut from that year 'After The Rain' to be their best. I kinda like all their albums but they are quite different style-wise, including the country-fied 'Life' and the dark, brooding and cynical 'Imaginator'. The duo put themselves at odds with their label Geffen due to the prevailing attitudes of the day, and though it might seem a bit silly twenty years on, the fires probably still rage within the creative hearts of Matthew and Gunnar, however let bygones be bygones shall we? The album title is perhaps a veiled attempt to suggest a second coming for the twins? Or is it because the duo are striking while the iron is hot? Probably neither to be honest, but it is good to see them back because their Californian breath-of-fresh-air melodic rock opens up the windows of stuffiness commonly found among the more recent efforts and releases in our favourite sub-genre of rock.


The Songs
It's easy to see and hear that 'Lightning Strikes Twice' has a lot in common with 'After The Rain', with a collection of songs that are radio friendly and more geared toward the AOR audience than the Nashville fraternity. In saying that though, there are points of difference between the two, LSR pulling off examples of classic rock which the debut didn't have - I guess that comment is moot, considering no bands were tinkering with classic rock back in 1990 because that style/genre was still in vogue and the term 'classic rock' hadn't even been coined then. Also, the overall sound of LSR is slightly harder and guitar oriented, with dashes of piano and organ, whereas the debut was a genuine AOR platter. Still, songs like 'Day By Day', 'You're All I Need Tonight' or the Boston like 'When You're Gone' remind us how good Nelson can sound, with the same sort of exhilaration as riding in a convertible with the top open while out on the open road. Nelson mix it up with heavier efforts such as 'Ready Willing And Able', 'Come' and 'Kicking My Heart Around', which fuse the likes of Bon Jovi and Enuff Znuff though with enough difference without being locked into either's distinct style.


In Summary
All in all there are some worthy moments that are worth a listen, and their bright and breezy sound is good to hear again. Some of the songs don't quite hold the attention, but if you're looking for a Nelson fix or something akin to 'After The Rain', then this is probably the album to do it. Not quite as polished as ATR, but that's to be expected, and this one has a little bit of dirt under the fingernails that gives it a rough edge. Dirt and Nelson are hardly two words that go hand in hand, but there you go.


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#1 | jeffrey343 on June 08 2011 20:40:09
I had very high hopes for this, as ATR is one of my very favorite albums of all time. And the first two songs I heard from this - "Call Me" and "You're All I Need Tonight" - are killer. Alas, those are the best two on here, but there are several others that are close. I do think the first six songs set the bar so high that the rest of the album can't quite reach it, at least until "Kickin' My Heart Around".

I think this tries real hard to capture the magic of ATR, with a good dose of "Because They Can" mixed in as well. They put in more cleverness than in ATR; "How Can I Miss You" is a lot like Harem Scarem's "If You" and a song that catches you off-guard the first time you hear it. I heard the Boston-like sound on the second and third tracks immediately. And even though I'm not a huge Enuff Znuff fan, I thought "Change A Thing" sounded like one of their tunes.

All in all, this made it to a high spot in my top 10 for 2010. There's nothing on here I skip when I play the whole thing through, but there are a few tunes that I leave off playlists meant to be played in shuffle mode. Not quite the absolute masterpiece that ATR was, but still very good, and not too far behind.
#2 | roadrunner158 on January 26 2012 16:04:08
Funny you mention "If You" - I also had to immediatly think of this song when listening to "How Can I Miss You". Overall, a very nice effort. Btw, the guitar solos on "To Get Back To You" are excellent.
 
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