Song of the Day - November 30, 2006
The legendary Nightingales are back with their first album in twenty years. Originally known as The Prefects, they were at the bleeding edge of England's punk scene touring with the likes of The Clash, The Fall, Damned, and Buzzcocks. A favorite of John Peel, The Prefects eventually morphed into The Nightingales. Evoking the aural palette of Captain Beefheart, The Fall, Tom Waits, and a smidgen of Roxy Music, The Nightingales' Out of True is a tremendously refreshing listen. If a band can pull off Captain Beefheart-like riffs and not alienate the listener, they have achieved a delicate balance that will intrigue the listener to discover more of their music. Needless to say, this album is a success in my book. The polyrhythmic nature of "Born in Birmingham" and the mysterious lyrics all drive me to want to listen to everything they ever recorded. It is truly wonderful stuff. Click here to listen.