Powerful Stuff: @TheFrankMusik, “By Nicole”

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FRANKMUSIK, By Nicole

The last few FrankMusik releases have not been easy listens, which in some ways adds up to making them full of some of the best music he’s made to date.  

Complex with layers of music and melody, By Nicole is the aftermath of a short relationship which quickly took a downward spiral, though nothing like the subject of Vincent Frank’s last album Between, but still enough to fuel a full album’s worth of intriguing songs.  Some of the songs within are simply difficult to immerse yourself in (“Misdemeanor”, “Fire”, and “Stabilizher”), but others pull you in even not if at first listen.

“Go” is one that will get stuck in your head both as a singalong and lyrics that are easily relateable.  “Crash and Burn” (listen below) has Vince in a duet with Natasha Bedingfield that scores, though I wouldn’t pick it as a single.  That would probably go to “Uh Oh”, which captures the instant when you know a relationship is not going where you thought it was.  “Call To Arms” is the strongest and most ferocious song vocally on the record, and “Fled”, which immediately follows, is a close second.  We’ve already had another vocal tour-de-force. “Dear Nicole”, as a single, as well as the jaunty postscript “These Streets”, and the reflective “Ephermeral Summer”.  A major bonus on By Nicole is having real instruments instead of it all being programmed.  The ensemble that Vince has created is tightly supportive of his music with the fine arrangements.  

I probably still enjoy Between and Do It In The A.M. more, but I think By Nicole will be a real grower over time and recognized as once of FrankMusik’s best records.

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  1. […] wrote about FrankMusik’s exceptional By Nicole album yesterday, and you can read it here if you missed it.  “Dear Nicole” continues to climb at #13.  After listening to his […]


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