Nina Nastasia's voice is completely disarming. Try as you like but after a few minutes of listening to her bittersweet proclamations you feel as if you've known her for years. The sweet strums and delicate piano lift up her vignettes of life and longing, her voice equally able to stop you in your tracks and make you walk lighter. With production again from Steve Albini, this album continues in Nina's tradition of being able to record songs that neither feel sparse nor cluttered. Just like choosing your words carefully; nothing unnecessary adorns them and you don't feel as if something more could have been added. Her lyrics capture the taste of melancholy that comes with growing older but they don't get trapped in it completely. She finds the happiness in every day's small moments while at the same time thinking about the inevitable loss of what you've grown accustomed to. Nina comes across as the type of friend you could spend all night sharing bottles of wine with while trying to figure out why you can't find your places in life. At the end of the night nothing was resolved but everyone feels better just the same.
[MP3] Nina Nastasia -Our Day Trip
[MP3] Nina Nastasia -Settling Song