Nice

Nice

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Randall Lee's trademark New Zealand jangle has taken him through several projects, from the Cannanes to the bi-continental Ashtray Boy -- his work with Nice strips this style down to the way it might sound in a live setting, concentrating on the warm and evocative sides of Lee's songwriting. The band's self-titled album does this more effectively than later releases, which move toward the more varied pop styles Ashtray Boy worked with -- Lee's dark jangle sounds absolutely stunning, and while the record's songwriting isn't as consistent as one might hope, the majority of it works incredibly well, with unconventional time signatures and progressions keeping things from falling into strummy banality. One listen to the album's opener should be enough to convince anyone.

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