Background/Info: French project Nice Cold Nation has already released several (self-released) production over the past four years. “Life” brings nine new songs.
Content: The main evolution with some of the previous productions I’ve heard is the more ‘ballad’-like style from this work. It’s not exactly typically ballad-like, but you rapidly feel a kind of evasive sensation supported with dark atmospheres.
+ + + : I like the melancholia emerging from this work. It awakens some good-old 80s ghosts although I experienced this new opus as more ‘personal’-like. “Life” appears to be a melancholic voyage, which finds its apotheosis at “Essential”. I also recommend “Lightkeeper” for the female backing vocals adding a little bonus to the song. The additional female vocals definitely are a positive element.
– – – : Except “Lightkeeper” I’m missing high lights at this album. That’s precisely what Nice Cold Nation needs to gain more recognition.
Conclusion: I can’t say that Nice Cold Nation has convinced me, but I have to admit “Life” is a pleasant work to discover.
Best songs: “Essential”, “Lightkeeper”.
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