Fall or Fly – Adrian Nation
UK native Adrian Nation was a new name to me and it turns out that this is a re-release of a CD first launched in 2009.
On listening to the CD, it is immediately obvious that his guitar playing far outdoes his vocal performance. That said, he makes this CD work, as he sings of a variety of life experiences, with an impressive energy.
The Other Side of The night, or Song for Maria is perhaps the standout track on the CD, written for the funeral of one of his best friends; instead of being depressing as it could have been, it becomes a musical celebration of a life well lived. Uilean pipes add an unusual and uplifting touch to this song, too.
Balance, or The Ballad of Clacton describes his experience of observing a boat struggling against the wind and waves and turns this observation into a metaphor for our lives.
That is simply to select two songs from the CD, which particularly stood out for me. That is not to say the others are bad; indeed, they are all well written, often touching on difficult experiences and all featuring the earlier mentioned exquisite guitar playing, particularly on songs such as the emotion-laden Brightest Star and Five Finger Rapids. The CD is worth a listen for that alone.