Ben Nichols – The Last Pale Light In The West

by oz on November 10, 2008

Ben Nichols, lead singer of Lucero, will be releasing his first solo record The Last Pale Light In The West in early 2009. The album is an acoustic piece inspired by the book Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy and it would make Wilie Nelson proud.‚  It’s the perfect soundtrack for a western movie, where outlaws outrun the law on horseback through wind and rain. Nowhere is that them more apparent than on my favorite track, “The Kid”:

We killed in the desert we killed in the streets.
We chose what shall and what shall not be.
We stood with pistols fought back to back.
Now you’ve stood you’re ground but what ground is that?

Other favorites on the album are the title track, “Chambers,” and “Toadvine.” The album is way too short, clocking in at just 7 songs including the instrumental track”The Judge,” but it’s definitely worth the purchase. The stripped down songs allow you to focus on how talented Nichols really is as a songwriter, evident on “Last Pale Light In The West”:

In my hands I hold the ashes
In my veins black pitch runs
In my chest the fire catches
In my way a setting sun
Dark clouds gather round me
To the West my soul is bound
But I will go on ahead free
There is a light yet to be found
The last pale light in the west.

The album is available from the Lucero website right now and there’s a‚  CD + limited edition American Apparel tee package available for the die-hards. After you buy, you’ll get a link to download the album instantly. Well worth the purchase.

Ben Nichols – Toadvine

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Woody November 11, 2008 at 8:22 am

This is the work of musical genius.

Matt B November 15, 2008 at 11:33 am

Do you have to buy the limited edition version with the t shirt for the instant download? I just want the CD and want to make sure I get the instant download if I do just that.

oz November 15, 2008 at 11:36 am

I think you’ll get the download immediately even if you just buy the cd. You can go to their site to find out.

Matt B November 15, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Thanks. The site has been updated. You get the instant download with both options. Just downloaded it.

ElGuappa February 28, 2009 at 8:45 pm

Blood Meridian is one killer book.

I am intrigued and ready to buy this album.

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