Nick Motil â€“ Everythingâ€™s Alright / 2008 Self / 5 Tracks / http://www.nickmotil.com /
Nick Motil is rapidly becoming a household name. After selling over 5,000 copies of his previous releases and playing shows with acts as varied as Jason Mraz and Duncan Shiek, it just seems to only be a matter of time before Motil is topping whatever chart a major label is positioning him. â€œEverythingâ€™s Alrightâ€ is Motilâ€™s latest recording, and one of the strongest tracks on the EP has to be â€œTry Harderâ€. The emotive arrangements that start off the track play on the work of Dave Matthews Band and Counting Crows, while Motilâ€™s vocals give the track a little bit of a James Taylor sound. Listeners can either hear what Motil is saying during this track, or they can link Motilâ€™s harmonious vocals to the rest of the instrumentation of the track.
Regardless, what results is a track that is timeless, honest, and is memorable. The title track to â€œEverythingâ€™s Alrightâ€ has a more deliberate, intense set of arrangements, while continuing the same general approach taken by Motil on â€œTry Harderâ€. Motilâ€™s vocals still are unique, but it seems as if â€œEverythingâ€™s Alrightâ€ occupies a space alongside tracks done by a Shawn Mullins. To call Motil a singer-songwriter would be to unnecessary limit him to a set of conceptions about that musical style. Rather, what Motil does during â€œEverythingâ€™s Alrightâ€ is create a set of tracks that will be part of the musical lexicon regardless of what else Motil may do in the future.
This is why â€œHomeâ€, for example, can touch upon country, alternative rock, and mainstream rock all in one fell swoop. The inclusion of a second set of vocals during â€œHomeâ€ further strength Motilâ€™s already impressive voice, each set of vocals intertwining themselves with the other, pushing them to a higher plateau. Fans all across the United States should make it a point to go to a tour date near them; Motil will be playing in Kentucky, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, New York, and countless other places throughout the summer. Make it a point to bone up on Motilâ€™s past and present music before going to one of these shows, however; Iâ€™m sure the number of fans present in the audience that sing along to each song would be in the hundreds.
Top Tracks: Everythingâ€™s Alright, Try Harder
Rating : 8.1/10