Nathan Oliver releases a departure on Thank You For Your Generosity, with eight songs that adventurously explore a lighter hearted side, but still have the same level of fun he has been well known for over the last fifteen years. Tracks that explore an assortment of topics that run from one end of the spectrum to the other, with a common thread of grief and thanks. Oliver’s brother’s passing is one of the inspirations for this amazing record, so it fuels the songs and tells you where they’re coming from in the lyrical perspective with musical substance to back it.
The catchy-pop side of Oliver remains, but these songs come with a rougher edge than before, so it can be described as a different Nathan Oliver release by-all means. The opening track “Sea Of Generosity” puts the album through an instrumental passageway that is something to hear by itself, aside from the rest of Thank You For Your Generosity, because without vocals you get yet another side to Nathan Oliver. The band really cook this instrumental up well, with guitar by Joe Caparo and drums/percussion by Brad Porter. It really is an intriguing piece of work to start the album from a musical standpoint.
“Isle Of Youth” has been described as an escape from the past, leaving it all behind and heading into the new frontier without a plan, just going for it. And the first thing you notice about it is the contrast between the music of the opener and this more rocking and less complex track is. For me it was like a breath of fresh air, especially not being familiar with Oliver, it feels like the opposite effect. But that same feeling happens with every track and that is what makes is one hundred percent good, and I like this album for that and various other reasons.
The quality increases as the songs develop, and you get another feelgood outing on “Everybody’s Swimming,” with one of the better resulting and more enthusiastic songs. This one plays best on loop, because you can’t get enough of it after just one spin, and the louder the better. The excitement goes up another notch on the enormously satisfying “Air Control” turning out to be a song about an AC factory getting calls by people spotting UFO’s and depicted by Oliver in the funny lyrics coming in at just the right point.
“Even If You Go” is the album’s most interesting track, with a lot more in depth lyrics from Oliver making it the one I return to the most, it’s an excellent song but so is every song on Thank You For Your Generosity. “Stand In line” could also be another contender for that same status, but only time will tell, and time seems to be a common theme with the tracks playing long for only eight of them. This also rings true on both the monster song that is “Runaway” and the mellower closer “A Tangent In Time” which come in last but not least on this most fulfilling album.
by Colin Jordan