Don Giovanni (2014)
I was truly blown away by II, the second album released by Nude Beach. It put the band on my radar and in my frequently spun pile of records. When it was announced that their new album would be a double LP, I just thought 'great, even more new songs.' I still feel that way a bit, but after spending time with this record, I wonder if a double LP was really the way to go.
There's no better way to say this, 77 just feels too long. It's not even ridiculously long, it's only an hour and nine minutes, but for some reason the album can feel like it's dragging about 45 minutes in or so. It's possible I don't have the attention span I used to and it's probable that I've always favored records that come in at around thirty to forty minutes and leave you wanting more. What's somewhat frustrating is that aside from the length, this is a pretty incredible album.
Nude Beach are the closest thing to Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers that we have in 2014. Well, aside from the actual Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, but Nude Beach is putting out way better records than they are these days. The songs on this album are perfectly crafted and have a wonderful storyteller vibe that never drifts off into pretentiousness. Hooks are crammed in each song and the album has a warm, comfortable feel to it; like you're sitting down with an old friend.
My only criticism is the length, and that's likely one hundred percent a personal preference that I have. I think that Nude Beach could have easily release two separate amazing records and the songs would have had more impact. That being said, this record is so good, I really shouldn't complain all that much about thinking there are too many good songs on it. Hopefully this review doesn't sound too negative because this is absolutely a record that should be picked up.
Nude Beach - "I Can't Keep The Tears From Falling":
Nude Beach - "For You":