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Eliza Gilkyson - The Nocturne Diaries (2014) 320 / Lossless

28-06-2014, 06:32
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Eliza Gilkyson - The Nocturne Diaries (2014) 320 / Lossless

Artist: Eliza Gilkyson
Title Of Album: The Nocturne Diaries
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Red House / RHRCD264
Genre: Contemporary Folk, Folk-Rock
Total Time: 51:01 min
Format: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Total Size: 123 mb / 315 mb

The Nocturne Diaries is a beautiful, haunting album inspired by the sort of thoughts that keep us awake at night in this modern world where the news always seems to be bad. The songs range from uptempo country stompers to a haunting version of the folk classic Fast Freight by her father Terry Gilkyson.

Never one to shy away from politics and social issues, she writes about an adolescent gunman ( An American Boy ) and looks through the eyes of an abused teenage girl ("Not My Home ) with an empathy and insight that s made her one of the most beloved folk artists today. She closes the album on a hopeful note with the lullaby, All Right Here, of finding the things you need most close at hand with family and home. Eliza describes the songs as torches that illuminated my process over the last year, personal reflections that the nighttime inspired.

Musically rich and lyrically thought-provoking, The Nocturne Diaries is a journey through the dark night of the soul that ends at the light of dawn with a sense of gratitude, a renewed commitment to care, and a stubborn little ray of hope.

Review by Mark Deming
According to Eliza Gilkyson's liner notes for The Nocturne Diaries, this album is a collection of "songs that came to me in the middle of the night," adding that "the songs that come in the night are very different than the daylight songs." And sure enough, The Nocturne Diaries features several songs that deal with dark and troubling things, including "An American Boy," which concerns a deeply troubled teenager with a short fuse; "The Ark," a first person account of Noah and his mission; "Not My Home," an enigmatic story of a family in chaos, and "World Without End," which contemplates a culture on the verge of collapse. The Nocturne Diaries isn't one of Gilkyson's more cheerful efforts, but it isn't grim or morbid for its own sake; even the darkest moments here are warmed by a genuine compassion for the lost souls who sometimes populate her stories, and a very real concern for the world we all live in is woven through every tune. And on "The Red Rose and the Thorn" and "Midnight Oil," Gilkyson reminds us that love can redeem the bad times, and her vocals, strong but supple, bring an honest and powerful belief to whatever she chooses to sing. Gilkyson's son Cisco Ryder produced the sessions for The Nocturne Diaries, and he's come up with a set of backdrops that are vivid and richly textured without taking the stage away from the lead singer, and this is different but just as effective as their previous album together, Roses at the End of Time. Whether she looks into darkness or light, Eliza Gilkyson's vision is impressive, and she's given us another remarkable glimpse at her gifts as a vocalist and songwriter on The Nocturne Diaries.


01 - Midnight Oil
02 - Eliza Jane
03 - No Tomorrow
04 - An American Boy
05 - Where No Monument Stands
06 - The Ark
07 - Fast Freight
08 - The Red Rose and The Thorn
09 - Not My Home
10 - Touchstone
11 - World Without End
12 - All Right Here



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