John Nolan’s online CD Songs I Didn’t Write is a brilliant album covering songs by great artists. Nolan stays true to the melody, lyrics and everything that is great about the original tracks. Helpless is simple but elegant, with straightforward strumming patterns and a soft, easy beat. Road to Nowhere forces you to tap your feet to its upbeat tune. Waltz #2 wells up with passion as the lyrics pass from Nolan’s lips to our ears, and One More Cup of Coffee finishes the album with an intoxicating blend of violin and acoustic guitar. The devotion Nolan feels for his predecessors and peers – Neil Young, The Talking Heads, Elliot Smith and Bob Dylan – is unmistakable when you listen to this album. Songs I Didn’t Write is a remarkable tribute to these artists.
Download the EP for free at www.tinyurl.com/Uniter-JNolan.
Published in Volume 65, Number 6 of The Uniter (October 7, 2010)