The Balladeer Hunter by MIKE NOGA [REVIEW]


Mike Noga is the drummer in The Drones. But he’s also a singer-songwriter and this is his second solo record – his first simply titled Folk Songs; was, it seems, exactly what it said on the box and a bit simpler that this follow up, some six-seven years later.

There is nothing rushed about this collection of songs – an exploration of different instrumental moods; from the sparse and remorseful Eileen which is, for me, an album highlight – a murder-ballad up there with the rest; Noga’s voice audibly cracking quite beautifully, to the equal measures swagger and discontent in songs like The Cold Year and A Long Week; the latter boasting the quite wonderful violin from Jen Anderson driving it along.

Unrushed is the record’s pace and one gets the sense that this the approach one should take with it’s enjoyment too.

 

RATING : PRETTY COOL

I have always struggled with a numerical scale; it feels so finite and arbitrary.
So the CHEESE ON TOAST Scale looks like this :

FREAKIN’ AWESOME / JUST AWESOME / REALLY GREAT / GREAT / GOOD / PRETTY COOL / NOT BAD / COULD BE BETTER / PRETTY BAD, ACTUALLY / NOT RECOMMENDED FOR EARS

Mike Noga will be playing shows in New Zealand this January – both supporting BAND OF HORSES and playing his own intimate headline shows – click here for details

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