Tuesday, June 25, 2013

CD Review: Willie Nile Takes Out His "American Ride" For A Spin

Veteran rock ‘n’ roll singer/songwriter Willie Nile just released his eighth studio album, “American Ride” on June 25. This album is the first to be released through Loud & Proud Records under the label’s new deal with RED Distribution. After more than 30 years in the music industry, Nile is still producing some of the best work of his career.

The 12-song album kicks off with the punk-pop groove of “This Is Our Time” as Nile still has a chip on his shoulder to prove he’s one of the best rockers of the past three decades. He seems to have more fun with “Life On Bleeker Street” as he creates a sing-along anthem for New York City. The title-song, “American Ride” has Nile showing off his folk music side as his vocal delivery mirrors that of a young Bob Dylan. He returns to the edginess of his signature rock/punk sound with “God Laughs,” then turns up the tempo with guitars blazing for “People Who Died.” Willie takes on the “Holy War” with an experienced grudge that no newcomers could pull off. The album closes with the biographical piano ballad “The Crossing” and the country jaunt of “There’s No Place Like Home.”

Willie Nile has a couple shows scheduled in New York to celebrate the release of his new album. To find out more about Willie Nile, please visit willienile.com.

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