Music Review: Nelson ‘Lightning Strikes Twice’

Nelson Lightning Strikes Twice

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I’m going to attempt to tell you about Nelson’s new album, Lightning Strikes Twice. Honestly, I’m hesitant to even write about this because it’s so difficult for me to explain just how great it is. Regardless, I’ll at least take a shot at it.

In case you forgot who Nelson is, I’ll bring you up to speed. In 1990, Nelson released their debut album After The Rain. By September of that same year, their single ‘(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection‘ became their first No. 1 hit in the United States. I would do an entire biography on their lives, but basically all you need to know is that they were “those rock band twins with the long blonde hair” who are also the sons of the late Ricky Nelson (and grandsons of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson). Nelsonmania only lasted from about 1990-1992, but they have continued to write new music and release albums ever since.

A few years ago, an Italian record label contacted the band and discussed if they’d be interested in creating an album as a follow-up to After The Rain. Their collective vision was to make this album as if it were to be released in 1993, at the end of the hair metal era but before the grunge scene. A few years later, Lightning Strikes Twice was born. Plain and simple, this is the most unexpected album I’ve ever heard. It feels like this was a secret album that they made immediately after their release of “Love and Affection” but they waited twenty years to release it. I decided against doing a track-by-track review because honestly it would take me a week to properly describe each track. Why? Because this album doesn’t make any sense to me and I love that. I can honestly say that I have never heard a band properly replicate the sound of their success years after their heyday… until now. Most bands cross over into the mainstream with one hit song. Then they take that success, go into the studio and create a follow-up album that’s completely different because “this is the music they’ve always wanted to make”. It may have taken twenty years, but they’ve finally managed to create a proper follow-up album for their original fans. Back to their roots with huge guitar melodies and epic ballads, Nelson has proven that they are a fine wine from the early 90s; Better with time. Yes, I seriously just compared Nelson to a fine wine.

If you don’t listen to these tracks, something is wrong with you:

How Can I Miss You?
Reminds me of “Love and Affection” & “After The Rain”, yet still unique.

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To Get Back To You
Reminds me of “Nobody Wins In The End”.

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