Album Review: Nicolette Good – Monarch

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Nicolette Good – Monarch

Nicolette Good is a San Antonio based singer/songwriter whose music has a unique flavor. Her beautiful vocals are frequently accompanied by slide guitars and banjos, but her background isn’t in country music. Her music’s emergence is  mysterious because Good claims to have never really listened to country music. In 2012 she won awards at the Kerryville Folk Festival and the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival. That same year Nicolette Good released an album titled Monarch.

Monarch begins slowly and beautifully with Good’s enchanting vocals accompanied by a music box. As the first song continues, a faster pace emerges along with guitars and a shaker. Good’s voice is the glue that holds her music together. She frequently sustains long vocal calls; and they always feel right. At times her vocals start to push boundaries into ambient music territory. The album moves between country and folk and encompasses the slow and thoughtful and the quick and uplifting.

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Nicolette Good

The greatness of her vocals is obvious, but it would be a mistake to ignore the perfection of the accompanying instruments which have been gently placed into the music. Monarch is an album deserving of its audience. You can listen to (and purchase) the album in full here. You can get to know her a bit better at her website, and of course you can make plans to attend her upcoming shows in March.

 

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