Coward

Coward  Nels Cline

Guitarist Nels Cline, recently named a "Guitar God" by Rolling Stone Magazine, presents a brilliant solo CD that covers an extraordinarily broad range of musical styles, with a surprising acoustic sensibility. The provocative title belies the intensely personal nature of this album which demonstrates a daring musicianship and a willingness to take musical and emotional risks. Coward blends improvisation and composition with a huge and constantly changing emotional and timbral palette.  "Coward" is a musical tour de force. This CD is available NOW!

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Tracks

1Epiphyllum4:19
2Prayer Wheel4:58
3Thurston County7:00
4The Androgyne3:08
5Rod Poole's Gradual Ascent to Heaven18:35
6The Divine Homegirl4:22
7X Change(s)4:16
8The Nomad's Home3:45
9Amniotica2:48
10Lord & Lady5:00
11Dreams in the Mirror1:38
12Interruption1:51
13The Seedcaster3:16
14The Liberator3:16
15Cymbidium3:51

Reviews

Pivotal question for today's multistylistic musician: How do you keep versatility from turning into superficial eclecticism? Nels Cline long ago proved his versatility--look what a galvanizing effect his presence has had in the group Wilco, remarkable

John Corbett, Downbeat, 2/1/09

Watching guitarist Nels Cline attack his electric axe with an egg whisker at his 2005 International Festival Musique Actuelle Victoriaville performance helps explain the perennial question of how he does what he does, though no single performance sheds

John Kelman, All About Jazz, 2/4/09

"...Nels Cline’s strangely titled Coward, which is anything but uncourageous, supplies an outlet for Cline’s solo overdubs within a broad-minded auto-communication. Fans of Cline’s instrumental group, The Nels Cline Singers, should note that this eff

Audiophile Audition, 2/5/2009

If the guitarist Nels Cline had joined the revered and more than semi-popular rock band Wilco in his early 20s, rather than in his late 40s, he might never be making solo-guitar albums on the side like “Coward.” This record reflects a far-and-wide aesthet

Ben Ratliff, The New York Times, February, 9th 2009

The title of this solo recording by Nels Cline deserves explanation, for it is not yellow, reticent, soulless, or timid music. Coward refers to the murder of Cline's friend and guitarist Rod Poole, who was mindlessly slain in 2007. While there are those w

Michael Nastos, All Music Guide, 2/10/09

Nels Cline has been sounding like multiple guitarists in concert for so many years that giving him a solo album with studio overdubs is almost unfair. Yet the local favorite who rose from the improvised and experimental music incubators of the Smell

Chris Barton, LA Times, 2/11/09

Nels Cline has been sounding like multiple guitarists in concert for so many years that giving him a solo album with studio overdubs is almost unfair. Yet the local favorite who rose from the improvised and experimental music incubators of the Smell an

LA Times, 2/11/09