Nick Jaina – A Bird In The Opera House [Album Review]

by oz on April 16, 2010


Nick Jaina is the biggest surprise of 2010 so far. Music blogging can turn you into a skeptic.‚  When you’re mailbox and inbox fill up with submissions from solo artists, your eyes begin to glaze over. Nick Jaina is not your average singer-songwriter.

A Bird In The Opera House is the work of a craftsman. It blends keys, horns, strings, and percussion into a melodic and orchestral thing of beauty. I’d point out highlights, but the entire album is completely balanced with songs that are varied in instrumentation, tempo, and atmosphere. It’s the outcome of an artist with patience and attention to detail. This is evident in the description of the recording process:

It was a gradual process, allowing Nick time to sit up in his room and think about the direction of the songs. To deconstruct them, and put them back together. To live in them without consequence. The result is an intimate album that is positive and upbeat but also rich and dark. It adventures, endeavors, reflects and drifts just like any great story.

A Bird In The Opera House is out now via Hush Records. If you’re a fan of Elliott Smith or Elvis Perkins, you should give Nick Jaina a try.

MySpace | Hush Records

Nick Jaina – Sleep Child

Video: Nick Jaina – Days In My Room

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Vanessa April 17, 2010 at 7:31 am

Just popped over to Daytrotter to find today’s session w him..

April May 20, 2010 at 12:25 pm

He’s great live. We saw him play with Run On Sentence (amazing) in a really small venue and these guys are all great musicians.

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