Sweet Escape – Nick Corbin (reviewed by T. Bebedor)

Fans of the band ‘New Street Adventure’ will already be familiar with the work of Nick Corbin, he was the singer and songwriter for the band up until 2018, but those of us new to the name will probably find something quite surprising on his debut solo release.

After reading the promo sheet that accompanies the album I’m beginning to think that I’m listening to the wrong release because there are mentions of Northern Soul, references to Paul Weller and Mike Skinner and it sounds more complicated than it is (to my ears anyway) because the bottom line is this is an album with the production levels to rival any major label release.

It all sounds very 80’s to me, I don’t know if this is on purpose or just the direction the album fell into but there is a distinct feeling of nostalgia throughout. I would say his voice sits somewhere between Marc Almond, Alison Moyet and, going by his pronunciation of certain words, a little Lily Allen. There are strings, brass and memorable songs that tackle love, loss and jealousy giving the album a darker feel to counterbalance those sunny feeling songs and toe tappers.

I don’t want to give the album any negative points because, as a collection of songs, it’s nothing short of a triumph, what it reminds me of is the indie band Hard-Fi. There debut album ‘Stars of CCTV’ was packed full of songs that bridged the Friday night gig and the Saturday night dancefloor, ‘Sweet Escape’ manages to do the same by bringing a richness and a soulful mood to proceedings.

There isn’t a duff song on the album, from ‘Sweet Escape’ to ‘Thought it Through’ and ‘Don’t Break The Mould’ every song hits the mark.

I’m not going to make bold statements like “Corbin is going to be the next big thing” or “this album will change your life”, but this album truly deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.

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