Love and Anarchy (Laburnam)
A couple of years ago, we music lovers in Alberta and Adrian Nation from Holland-on-Sea, Essex, were simultaneously fortunate that CKUA Radio put his Live At Crossroads CD into a heavy rotation. Mr. Nation found a new, appreciative audience as we embraced his music. It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship. A couple of Alberta tours later, Adrian Nation, has released his fourth album, Anarchy and Love.
He’s known as a pretty good guitar player, having made it through to the final of Sky Arts’ Guitar Star, a British TV show in 2015. And he’s a very good wordsmith as well. If comparisons were ever invited, perhaps Bruce Cockburn would be a good one.
Anarchy and Love is a lovely album showcasing his 12- string virtuosity on three instrumentals; his good taste in two covers, one of which is a lovely original take on Runrig’s Rocket to the Moon, the other a haunting version of Robbie Burns’s A Man’s A Man; and the other seven are strong, strong original songs.
A poignant and evocative song called Bendeloch Stone is the stunning highlight for me that still lingers, and River in the Rain is also a peak—a moving tribute to his late father.
Mostly guitar and vocals with the occasional drum and some tasteful sweetening, there’s not a false step taken in Anarchy and Love.
If you know Adrian Nation you’ll love this album;it builds on all the things that drew you to him in the first place. If his name is unknown to you, I think you’ll enjoy making his acquaintance.