Album Review
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Jay Nash - The Things You Think You Need

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Jay Nash - The Things You Think You Need
Record Label: Bonded Records
Release Date: May 20, 2008
This review was written by an AP.net staff member.
In a genre where it is hard to stand out Jay Nash makes it look easy. With a voice deeper then most folk artists, it's easy to see why it only takes a few seconds for Nash to catch you by the ear. Nash is a show-booking, soundboard-working man turned acoustic/alt-country artist. Nash shows that his knowledge and work in the music business has left him with a strong background for creating his own music.

For a folk album, “The Things You Think You Need" is very strong and has a lot of depth. It covers just about every corner of the acoustic/alt-country genre that is available to cover. “Sweet Talking Liar” has a Ryan Adams feel to it that is very accessible. One of the stand-out tracks is “Barcelona,” which showcases Nash’s vocal range and ends with some chilling back up vocals courtesy of Sara Barielles. “Keep On Talking” is a perfect example of what The Wallflowers would have sounded like if they didn’t have Jakob Dylan holding down the frontman spot. If nothing of the above has caught your interest,“Over You” channels a Joshua Radin vibe that fits nicely into the whole mix of things.

The diversity of this record is really what makes it stand out. If you don’t like a certain song there is a good chance that you will love another. In the end The Things You Think You Need appears to be a simple folk album, but in all reality, it has a lot of great songs that greatly exceed the basic folk layout.

Recommended If You LikeBruce Springsteen; Ryan Adams; Joshua Radin

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