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Now I didn't write this, but I read it somewhere and thought it was really good, describing Nikolas' music well.
There seems to be a spate of these kind of records at the moment; stripped down singer-songwriter jams with an emphasis on the mid-60s, but that's not to say the stuff's no good. Far from it in fact, there's been some real gems in the last few months peaking notably with Findlay Brown's incredible `Separated by the Sea', and Nikolas Barrell's debut is yet another keeper. Stripping his songs down to the bare minimum yet keeping the structure and sound of The Kinks or the Who, Barrell's album manages somehow to retain a definite voice. It's so easy to get lumped into the whole `it sounds a bit like Jose Gonzalez' thing, and Barrell simply doesn't want to go down without a fight. The album kicks off triumphantly with arguably the best track, the poptastic `Further Apart'. I'm not saying this should be on a Mastercard or Sony Bravia advert any time but here's a track that really deserves to be heard by your mum and your dog - it's got what they call `crossover appeal'. The momentum is kept throughout and `The Gin Club' manages to be an incredibly cohesive listen and while the spotlight might not be shining on it, it deserves to be heard. Lovely stuff...