I’m not one to dance. Ever. But Nick Waterhouse makes me want to shake my tail feather.
I get nothing but good vibes from this guy. With an extremely classic style, Waterhouse puts a modern twist on it with his smooth vocals and just the right amount of energy. It’s hard to believe this type of music is coming from a 25 year old Californian, but it’s an incredibly pleasant surprise.
Waterhouse opens his debut album, Time’s All Gone, with a hit called Say I Wanna Know. When listening to this song, I find myself sitting here snapping my fingers and tapping my foot. This guy is pure class. The chants of the girls in the background give off a major oldies feel, and the beat is irresistible. “Have you ever made the best of a bad situation? Maybe gone and taken somethin’ of yours for the taking?” The vibes from track 1 flow perfectly into track 2, Some Place, which is actually the first song I ever heard off of this record. The vocals lean even more towards an oldies style this time, but the tempo is quick enough to keep that young feel that naturally shines through Waterhouse’s tunes. Don’t You Forget It is song number 3, a jam about a new girl in the young artist’s life that is much better for him than his current seemingly-selfish lady friend. This is followed with yet another fast-paced song, (If) You Want Trouble, that has a blast of energy peaking here and there. One of my personal favorites, Raina is track number 5 on Time’s All Gone. Experimenting with deeper vocals, I want to say Waterhouse makes this song sound just like it’s straight out of our parents’ generations. The overall direction of the song and the female background vocals drag me towards that feeling, but the thing that stops me could be the pace-change when the chorus comes around, or the way the tone seems to change as the chorus plays; something about the mechanics of this song is holding me back. It’s like I want to travel back in time and show this guy off to the world, and something tells me everyone would love him, but at the same time something tells me they’d be shocked at his style. I just can’t figure it out, but maybe I’m not supposed to be able to pick apart his songs so easily. Maybe it’s all a part of his plan.
Indian Love Call slows it down a little bit but keeps that perfect blend of background vocals and Hawaiian guitar, and then we’ve got Is That Clear to really complete the sound with powerful drums, mini guitar solos, and a perfect touch of the sax to jazz things up a bit. Slowing into a new track, Teardrop Will Follow You, we’ve got a song that gives me a mental picture of Waterhouse in a suit creepin’ along down the street one step at a time, fingers snappin’, footsteps in sync with the sax. And then, last but not least, we’ve got a sped-up ending to the album with Time’s All Gone parts 1 and 2.
Track-by-track analyzation, I find, is more difficult when an entire album is so smooth and fantastic, so I feel as though I’ve been repeating myself quite a bit. I apologize for that. I would like to mention, though, Waterhouse’s great performance on Live From Daryl’s House. For those of you who don’t know, Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates has his own show on Palladia where he invites an artist over to jam with his band and enjoy a nice home-cooked meal. Waterhouse made an appearance on this show in late 2012 and did a phenomenal job during the live performance, as well as in showing that he’s just an all-around good guy full of refreshing character. In the episode, he states that he “likes having an amateur approach to things” and he is curious to see how the “pros” do it. It was proven on this day that Nick Waterhouse is no amateur. This guy is classy and cool, sophisticated and spicy, fresh and talented, and most definitely hip to the jive.
If you are looking for someone catchy and cool to listen to, there’s a good chance Nick Waterhouse may be the guy for you.