JOHN NOLAN

Abendigo IN­DE­PEN­DENT

Australian Guitar - - Cd Reviews - MATT DO­RIA

It’s hard to be­lieve John Nolan’s third solo al­bum spans just eight tracks. At times scrappy and at oth­ers jaw-drop­pingly metic­u­lous, Abendigo plays like a pas­sion project that sim­ply couldn’t be achieved with an­other mind be­hind it. There are hints of the melody he revels in with Tak­ing Back Sun­day on cuts like “Half A Block To Go”, but else­where, Nolan taps into a wealth of cere­bral ma­tu­rity – his fret­work is grav­elly, tinged with hints of gur­gling bass and whistling feed­back (and on “Over Be­fore It Be­gins”, some down­right lus­cious or­ches­tral strings). The mark­ings of pro­ducer Mike Sapone are pre­dictably strewn all over, and un­sur­pris­ingly,

Abendigo proves once more that Nolan and Sapone are a true post-hard­core power cou­ple.

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