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The Creative Issue – News for Creatives | January 18, 2021

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Guy Pearce - The Nomad Review

Guy Pearce – The Nomad Review
Harry Bain





Guy Pearce’s second album, The Nomad, is a raw heartfelt journey that somewhat hits it’s mark.

Pearce is used to telling stories; the award winning Australian actor has been doing so since the mid-80s. But can his story telling abilities, on the screen, work for him the same way with music? In short the answer is yes.

Released earlier this month, The Nomad is the second album from Guy Pearce after a well received release in 2014 with Broken Bones. The album takes its name from the plane that crashed and killed Pearce’s Father when he was a young boy. It’s an emotionally exposed release which lays bare to some of Pearce’s own personal struggles, in particular the break up of his marriage in 2015.

First impressions are that this album is very well produced, it sounds like a lot of effort went in to achieve the alt-folky, acoustic-with-a-hint-of-piano sound that Pearce was aiming for. Secondly Pearce has a really good voice and he knows how to use it. However it just doesn’t feel like Pearce is taking many risks with this album, sure it’s deeply personal and emotional but a lot of it sounds the same and none of the tracks seemed anything new or different. For an example of this listen to the opening guitar in ‘Washed Up On The Shore’ and ‘His Body’ or ‘Say Goodbye’ and ‘What It Takes’ and you’ll hear what I mean. It must be said though that each of these tracks actually sound pretty damn good on their own, but together they just sound like they are cut from too much of the same cloth. Over an entire album it’s taxing to hear the same thing over and over again.

The album does have some good moments though. ‘Truth’ is a really catchy track which I found to be the standout with it’s groovy bass-line and heavenly backing vocals complete with a really nice energy behind Pearce’s playing. Another standout track was ‘What Makes You Think’ which featured some of Pearce’s best vocals on the album.

Guy Pearce clearly has talent, he’s a fantastic actor and he sings a hell of a lot better than me. There are a lot of people who I’m sure would enjoy this album, but I can’t help but not fully love it. It’s got some nice sounds and some deeply personal lyrics but at times feels forced and tedious. However, the best thing about music is that it is completely and utterly subjective. If you get the chance, give it a listen, you might love it.