Probably the name Bruno Mars rings your bell? The Hawaii native artist has conquer everyone’s heart his upbeat, fun throwback melodies and dance skills. Pretty much his entire persona reminds us of some great late icons as Michael Jackson.
Well, the time has come to meet another amazing and talented musician that’s both unique, but his music is filled with great nostalgia. Nick Black has been making a name for himself since his inception back on 2015 with the debut album The Soul Diaries and then the follow-up, Deep Blue. He has been known for his highly entertaining live shows, and for those that unfortunately live outside of the US, we do get a little taste of how awesome his shows can be by listening to the album alone.
Summer + Spring is the highly anticipated and long awaited follow up and boy, didn’t the wait paid off. “Joy To The Girl” is pure 80s soul and funk music, blazing guitar lines, some chorus in the background, trumpets ready to bring down the house and the overall presence and musicianship of its lead singer. The title track slow down things a bit but it still very entertaining to listen. As I was listening, I picture in my mind the intro of some rom-com or a Tyler Perry movie. The remaining of the album follows the same structure as these two songs.
If for any (crazy) reason you didn’t get to love any of Black’s previous albums, then this one isn’t for you. For the rest, this record is one of the greatest follow up I’ve heard in a very long while. The way Nick and his band get to evoke all this exciting emotions and translate it into notes, chords and melodies it’s quite impressive. Sometimes it does feel dangerously similar to some well-known songs, so one can jump in and say they might be stealing, but for me one you sit through and listen very careful, those particular tracks feel more as a rendition than plagiarism.
Criteria - 90%
In the end, get your dance shoes ready cause the party is on its way. Summer + Spring manages to capture the heat of both season, throwing the house out the window, and a decade and particular scene that's not ready to just walk away and vanish out of the conscious of future generations.