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Friday 26 August 2016

Nick Piunti - Trust Your Instincts

There are albums that you look forward to and I'll admit that I've been looking forward to this a lot.

You know a Piunti album is gonna be Power Pop, his voice naturally suits the format. You also know you are gonna get plenty of guitar, because the lad can play. More of the same would be more than enough.

However, Trust Your Instincts, released on 9 September, has far more than that. The riffs are still there, the solos are better than ever, the sing along choruses are all present, there's just loads more.

It's not that it's a big departure from Beyond The Static or 13 In My Head, but there's an added lyrical depth and with that the songs seem more arranged and diverse. It's hard to explain because, it's the same, but different and all the better for it.

I'd love to play you Dumb It Down, because it's an absolute gem of a song, but Nick has only made the first two tracks available for your listening delight. So here's the opener and title track which is more straight ahead Power Pop, chock full of the hooks that are a Nick Piunti song.

Dumb It Down has everything, a real meandering hook, jingle jangle and pedal steel. It reminds me a lot of The Posies as do quite a few songs on the album. Blame In Vain could be Tom Petty, Vaguely Familiar could be Don Henley.

Ready For What reminds me of The Shazam at their best. The Riff on As Far As I Throw will slay you and the closer, Stay Where You Are has loads of Byrds Jangle and the singalong chorus that you'd want.

Here's the second track, One Hit Wonder, oh the chorus and that solo!

Nick's joined on the album by Ryan Allen, whose excellent album I reviewed earlier this week, Andy Reed, who is on a one mission to be involved in every great album released this year and Verve Pipe's Donny Brown.

10 Golden songs, even better than I had expected, this would be in my year's Top 20 because it's a Nick Piunti album. But it could very well be at the top of the tree. Absolutely wonderful!

You can pre-order the album here. Don't worry kids! There's only another fortnight to wait.

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