Beaver Nelson

Positive (Freedom)

Texas Platters

Four years after his ambitious multimedia project Macro/Micro, essentially an hourlong music video, Beaver Nelson returns with a collection of songs that brings him back to the simple yet uncompromising style for which he's best remembered. Together with longtime co-conspirator/guitarist Scrappy Jud Newcomb, who's given producer credit this time out, Nelson offers compositions of recent vintage along with tunes that are older but were never put to tape. Since the overall sound of Positive recalls the power-pop and rootsy jangle of his Austin past, older songs stick out, hitting harder with hooky melodies. Stonesy rocker "Willing and Able" boasts Newcomb's best Keith Richards impression, while the somber, penetrating "Bad Movie" meditates on growing old gracelessly. A burnished cover of Steve Van Zandt's "Men Without Women" fits in skillfully among Nelson songs of an unsettled life. Positive ends perfectly with "Katie Bug's Lullaby," offering a magnificent sunset after a turbulent yet satisfying Beaver Nelson kind of day.

***

READ MORE
More Beaver Nelson
Texas Platters
Beaver Nelson
'Macro/Micro'

Jim Caligiuri, July 6, 2012

Off the Record
Off the Record
Music News

Austin Powell, Feb. 5, 2010

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band
Bruce Robison & the Back Porch Band (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, June 9, 2017

Texas Platters
Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers
Shanti's Shadow (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, May 26, 2017

More by Jim Caligiuri
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Carrie Elkin’s Life-and-Death Folk
Her father's death and daughter's birth upped the stakes of the singer's finest work

April 14, 2017

SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
SXSW Music Live: Richard Barone Presents Greenwich Village in the Sixties
Soft Boys, Youngbloods, Moby Grape, Brian Jones’ grandson, etc.

March 18, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Beaver Nelson

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)