What does it sound like?:
It sounds like a lot of things you’re sure you’ve heard before but it retains that certain something that is Nick Heyward. There’s some Turin Brakes, then an absolute Country yeee hah song including that thing that sounds like a ruler boinging on the edge of a desk. There’s a smokey roomed piece of swing and an acoustic guitar / xylophone instrumental that could have come from Lloyd Cole backing track. With perfect timing as if some tribute to Oasis there are a couple of songs straight out of Britpop that Noel would have given his eyebrows for to put on “Be Here Now”. To top it off there are a couple of love songs that remind you what an enormous pop star Nick Heyward should have been. Woodland Echoes is an eclectic mix in which Heyward proves he’s lost none of his ear for a pop tune. If he had the airplay Rick Astley enjoyed with “50” Heyward too could be enjoying a revival that he fully deserves. It’s a wonderful, happy, life affirming album that makes for a fantastic day.
What does it all *mean*?
It could mean Nick Heyward is struggling to find himself and the sort of music he wants to make but I hope it means he’s still loving making music with a huge dose of “fuck it”. Either way he proves he’s nobody’s fool
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