John Nolan - Height

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Indie, Rock
Doghouse Records
John Nolan
Height
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John Nolan’s illustrious career has left him no stranger to heights. His musical adventure begun with Tell All Your Friends-era Taking Back Sunday, but his departure from the band in 2003 led not to his musical demise, but to his ascent as the mastermind behind indie-pop sensation Straylight Run. Solo albums from established artists often stutter, failing to amass the sublime grandeur of their predecessors; typically being either glorious failures or shocking successes.

The beginning of Height sets the scene, but not the precedent. Straylight Run’s last album provided a healthy dose of light-hearted indie pop – don’t expect that here. “Till It's Done To Death” introduces the album in capable fashion, exposing the vocal freedom of a solo album, overtaking the listener with a softcore brand of Owl City-esque electro-tinged ringing, before shifting into “It Takes A Long Time” – a worthy highlight, which creates a deep mode of reflective thought by elegantly fusing intricate guitar strums and piano tingles, and a shocking level of lyrical honesty.

Healthy doses of anger and self suppression are vented in the form of “Screaming Into The Wind” – a showcase of how delicately the album is assembled by Nolan and producer Mike Sapone (Brand New, Brand New, Brand New). There are happier moments – take “I Don’t Believe You”, a echoing song which builds up to form one of the album’s more upbeat moments, or “Keep Calm And Carry On”; an animated and confident song, which boasts some of the most impressive vocals of Nolan’s career. If career summarizers are what you’re looking for, “Here I Am” provides another instrumental gem, with its lavish guitar creating a relaxing backdrop to Nolan’s invitation; “here I am, let’s dance."

John Nolan’s solo album will go down as a success, although it may not be accessible enough for certain sects which may seek Straylight Run’s joyous melodies or Taking Back Sunday’s accelerated rock anthems. Ultimately however, as one of the most instrumentally diverse and lyrically genuine albums of 2009, Height writes a notable chapter in Nolan’s musical anthology. Tell all your friends.

1. The End Of The Beginning
2. Till It's Done To Death
3. It Takes A Long Time
4. Screaming Into The Wind
5. I Don't Believe You
6. Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
7. Here I Am
8. Keep Calm And Carry On
9. I Won't Ever Be There
10. Not To Let Go

John Nolan is the co-vocalist/guitarist of Taking Back Sunday and the former lead singer of Straylight Run.

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