NOTHING by Clay Joule: Review
Clay Joule is an absolute beast with his blues rock knockout track, ‘NOTHING’. The guitar arrangement is insane, and every lick is like e godly tone. You could pick up on all the classic blues licks from this song, and it’s such a groove to hear. The bass and drum arrangements are also a delight, and they manage to keep the upbeat tension going.
The singer’s voice is a bit on the baritone side, and he manages to sync perfectly with all the instruments. The rhythm guitar sections have this dreamy tone, that echoes a bit and sounds similar to reggae rhythm structures. I just can’t stop admiring the guitar portions of this track, it has a world of its own. It’s almost like a waterfall, and every guitar lick is cascading off the peak of a mountain and landing in the river. Such smooth playing should be criminal!
Clay Joule wrote the lyrics to the song “NOTHING” in 1989. Despite the fact that it would not be released until 2022, it was presumed to be his first-ever rap song. Rap battles were a regular part of Joule’s childhood in New York City, where he and his friends would partake in. As evident from his track, Clay’s singing ability is a bit like spoken word, similar to rap. He sings in a unique way and blends together blues music too. Thus, he manages to create his own style instead of following the masses. Way to go!
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Review by: Damien Reid