NAT ALLISON – THIS ONE’S FOR YOU
Released: September 2, 2016
- You Call That Rock N Roll
- Walk Through The Fire
- In Your Honor
- Shake Things Up
- Stay The Night
Nat Allison is a woman of astonishing talent both vocally and musically. Though she maintains her live commitment to loyal fans and intimate shows, occasionally a very special occasion unfolds, namely the release of a recorded collection allowing us the ability to enjoy Nat’s company wherever we or she may venture.
The upcoming release of Nat Allison‘s EP titled ‘This One’s For You‘ contains a tremendous musical celebration of the human condition, the highs, and the lows, with all songs written by Nat herself. Whether your choice is to attribute the works influence to her own life experience or simply accept them as peripheral observations matters not. Either way, this diverse demonstration of her tremendous ability will bring pleasure to listeners worldwide and make Australians proud of our amazing and beloved Nat. Even if we have to share her with the rest of the world.
The EP was produced and mixed by Paul ‘Woody’ Annison at Red Door Sounds and mastered by William Bowden at King Willy Sound, which quite frankly places weighty expectations on the quality of the end product. The result of those collaborations will exceed your expectations because the end result is simply superb.
Those who are familiar with Nat accomplishments in music over the years will completely understand her steadfast commitment to true rock n roll. Perhaps this is as a result of being a regular and favoured guitarist for Suzi Quatro, perhaps merely a glimpse into Nat’s creative musical. Either way, you can certainly hear that old school struggling for dominance with the inspired contemporary grooves.
The title You Call That Rock N Roll for the opening song could not be more apt, as the beat immediately grasps you by both ears and forces your head nodding in accompaniment. That beautifully grungy and gritty guitar bridge complement this track to perfection, not to mention the soaring guitar solos. True Rock N Roll with maybe more than a little Suzi splendour creeping through? Just brilliant.
Walked Through The Fire is a tremendously poignant track and constructed in superb style to elicit the desired emotions. The true Nat element to this powerful song is the manner in which she delivers vocally beautiful but also conjures her amazing guitar talent to convey the message equally as powerfully. This is the track that will be reverberating long after the EP reaches its finale. Just superb.
In Your Honour continues this collection in true rock style but blessed with Nat’s unquestionable ability to belt out notes we mere mortals can only aspire to and occupy the octave. This track has a distinctly positive and empowering feel with more hooks than a fishing fleet, but delivered in pitch that few can master. The guitar work is utterly sensational. I could not resist in separating the components and listening in amazement as so many potentials influenced come to the fore. The simple significance of that statement is solely, that my list of potential comparisons was nothing but past legends of Australian rock music. I trust that conveys the appropriate sentiment of how fantastic this song truly is.
Now for more swagger than a Mississippi pimp as the same measure of collected calm poise, rocks Shake Things Up through your speakers. And perhaps a small measure of the south was in influence as an occasional drawl creeps into the lyrical delivery. True or not, this track is appropriately hot and steamy for the south with brilliant Nat’s guitar and righteous rock persona bring more than a little sweat to the brow. Sensationally sultry in classic rock style…smokin’.
Stay The Night creeps in with a brilliant low pitched beat, providing a distinct sense of something foreboding, but as the track unfolds we find ourselves blissfully entwined within a ballad reminiscent of 80’s glam metal’s softer side. A beautifully constructed piece providing the opportunity for us to experience Nat’s wonderful vocal slalom between divine entity and hardened rocker.
This EP has a remarkable element that is very difficult to define. A feeling of almost urgent necessity to own a benchmark in Australian musical history. To own a benchmark of Nat history and bear witness to a truly gifted performer while she is still within our reach. For me, the only twisted comparison I can draw in a decision not to own this EP is going to the Grand Canyon and deciding not to take a photograph, or perhaps having one’s stomach stapled and proceeding to the nearest ‘Wonders Of The Culinary World’ food festival. Perhaps I am a little biased, but on repeated listening to this splendid EP, I cannot envisage my shelves making any sort of credible claim to the lofty status of ‘music collection’ without it. So well done Nat. Sheer excellence.