Lord Nelson - Through the Night

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Submitted by William Elgin

The second album from Virginia quintet Lord Nelson, Through the Night, is a ten song outing expanding on the brilliant results they achieved with their 2015 debut The County and fleshing out the marvelously varied sound they adopted for that first collection. Lord Nelson’s 2012 formation began with brothers Kai and Bram Crowe-Getty and soon blossomed into its current iteration. They’ve earned a considerable live reputation thanks to an impressive live schedule clearly showing them off as a working band, sleeves rolled up, putting in their time on the road to build a grass roots following. It’s paid off for them by earning plum billings at respected festivals like Lockn’ and such appearances are illustrative of the ambition that’s increasingly sure to carry Lord Nelson to heights hitherto unimaginable for these young Virginians. Their invigorating, broad based sound is quite unlike anything else on the scene today and only improving with each new album and show.

“Second Chances” gets the album off to a gripping start. One of the band’s key songwriting strengths is apparent from the first with the muscular choruses often attached to many songs. The first track benefits from this more than most. There’s a mature, forward looking message in the song’s lyrics and the chorus drives the tune’s points of view home in an ideal way. Lead guitarist Calloway Jones turns in a particularly incendiary performance that, nonetheless, embraces melody throughout. It would have made an effective first single for the album, but the band chose correctly earmarking the second song “Tail Lights” as the album’s first representative number. The reasons should be obvious after multiple listens – this is much more of a conventional song, lacking the extended instrumental breaks we hear in the opener, but make no mistake that Lord Nelson is ever a band to embrace self indulgence. The chorus is even stronger than what we heard with “Second Chances”.

The harmony vocals coming together with Kai Crowe-Getty and Henry “Hank” Jones’ leading into the chorus of “Fingertips” is worth the price of admission alone, but the bucket of blood blooze attitude spiked with rock punch coming through with this number is one of Through the Night’s unquestionable highlights. The commercial leanings of the song “Call Me” never interfere with the hard-charging credibility generated by a band that never fails to play with grit and finesse in equal measure. Second vocalist Henry “Hank” Jones belts a real blinder out for listeners on the outright R&B gem “Safety Meeting” and, despite the obvious love of traditional forms, it’s inspiring to hear how this young band reclaims that time-tested sound as their own and invests the songs with a distinctive charisma. Crowe-Getty turns in another wise, soulful vocal performance with his turn on the song “Southern Discomfort” and we are treated to an unexpected slice of semi theatrical funk rock with the song “ When the Lights Come Down” that gives the end of the album a kick in the pants surprise for the audience. There’s a kick you in the head startling quality to this album as a whole and Through the Night sounds like the product of a revitalized and wildly confident outfit hitting their stride.

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