On a recent shopping trip one time to my local record store, I saw Nina Nastasia’s album “Dogs”. I purchased it blindly not knowing anything about her. I admit I was drawn in by the minimalistic stark black and white cover. Contained on the vinyl is one of the most beautiful records I own.
Nina Nastasia is a singer songwriter from New York City. She has one of the most beautiful voices I have heard. Her impeccable melody and songwriting skills are off the charts. If you listen deeply you will notice songs written about simple life situations that often make you smile or wince with familiarity.
It is hard for me to pick a favorite song from this record, but I would say the song “All Your Life” showcases the songwriting Nastasia is capable of. “All Your Life” details the process of falling down and getting back up again. She confronts her drug addicted friends pleading for them to get help. It’s magnificent. A favorite line of mine is “Why don’t you try again? All your life you couldn’t win, you couldn’t win.”Another track of note is “A Dog’s Life.” It details the life of a dog from the dog’s point of view. It will make you smile.
“Dogs,” flows with great stamina. The songwriting seems to go from strong to stronger. Most songs are sung with acoustic guitar and minimal accompaniment such as light electric guitar or violins. John Peel called this album “astonishing”. Producer Steve Albini gives such a gushing review of this record it really puts my write up to shame. Why don’t you skip the details and give a listen to “Dogs” and find out what all the fuss is about. You will not be disappointed.