Don’t Quit Your Band (Nickel Eye)

30Jan09

Nickel Eye – Time of the Assassins (Rykodisc)

With a deep steady bass line, Nikolai Fraiture introduces himself as a solo performer (away from the Strokes). While his singing sounds lackadaisical, the bass line is tight and inviting. Mixing rock/pop with some folk and blues, Nickel Eye creates a sound different from the Strokes, but not entirely new.

Now, while I don’t hate it, it leaves something to be desired.¬† Time of the Assassins reminds me of any little band who plays the music because of pure enjoyment but playing loft gigs to friends in feeble attempts of being discovered. It is interesting to hear the bass as a leading instrument, but his vocals are weakest element and diminishes any effect the bass playing creates.

Although, he plays the bass, doublebass, harmonica, guitar and whistles on this album, it’s still not enough to be raved about. Personally, I feel the construction of the songs would better suit the Strokes instead of lack as a solo project. No doubt that Nick Eye has talent as a bassist, and now he can be recognized as a song arranger. Some songs have a groove that is compelling, once you accept the vocals will not match the beauty of the instrumentals.

Track Listing:

1. Intro*
2. You and Everyone Else*
3. Back from Exhile
4. Fountain Avenue
5. This Is The End
6. Dying Star*
7. Brandy Of The Damned*
8. Providence, R.I. *
9. Where The Cold Wind Blows
10. Another Sunny Afternoon
11. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye – Nickel Eye, Cohen, Leonard

Rating: C-

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