CD REVIEW: Relationships by Nick Hook
Nick Hook releases his widely-anticipated album “Relationships” and for those of us who waited, we will surely not be disappointed. “Relationships” has the famous Nick Hook electronica but with a touch of taste that we can crunk to. In a day and age when the world really wants to kick us down, what better way to let off some steam but with some good ol’ fashioned Nick Hook that we can crunk our stress away. We really see his mastery of synthesizers grow over the years as he toys with a stuttering synthesizer in “Relationships”. Since first getting his hands on a table from the age of 10, Nick Hook is considered a master of his craft. “Relationships is quick pace with steady drums that really compliments the flow of the synthesizers. The vocals pop in midway through the song and really lets you have it; as Lil’Jon used to say back in the day, “Get Crunk!”.
Nick Hook dares to go to the extreme and is not afraid of what it might bring because in the end, it’s for the love of the music. Tracks like “Pro Choice” and “Another Way”, we are able to see his edge and raw talent in being able to flow so freely about important topics. It may be ill-received but real artists approach topics that people do not want to talk about. Let us not forget, the production in “Another Way” is phenomenal in its own right; bringing back the funk and 80’s synthesizers.
Nick Hook then flips the script in “All Alone as he creates a soulful bass and melody but the drums just hit hard that has the spirit of rap. Also, covering The Cure’s “Lovesong” shows how musically diverse Nick Hook is and how talented he is to be able to spin this song into a really dope hip hop track.
Whether you decide to either let off some steam, exercise, or just listen to some classic Nick Hook then give “Relationships” a listen and bask in the magnificent musical ambiance.
by Harrison Morgan
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