CD Nectar (CD 987036),
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  • 1. Birth of the True
    2. Forget About Him
    3. Singing in the Dark
    4. Half the Grace
    5. May You Never
    6. Yellow Hummingbird
    7. Unexpected Rose
    8. Great Big Sea
    9. Mother Earth
    10. She Loves Me (When I Try)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1275

  • Credits
    ProducerPhil Madeira; Phil Madeira
    EngineerPhil Madeira

    Personnel: Brooks Williams (vocals, acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars); Phil Madeira (electric guitar, lap steel guitar, tiple, cello, melodica, piano, Hammond B-3 organ, chamberlain, drums, programming); Chris Donohue (bass); Steve Hindalong (drums, tambourine, percussion, bells); Christer Jannsen, Dennis Holt (drums); Rollyn Zoubek (background vocals).
    Recorded at Planet Of The Tapes, Nashville, Tennessee.
    Personnel: Brooks Williams (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar); Brooks Williams; Phil Madeira (electric guitar, lap steel guitar, cello, melodica, piano, chamberlin, programming); Chris Donohue (bass instrument); Steve Hindalong (drums, tambourine, percussion, bells); Christer Jannsen (drums); Dennis Holt (drums); Rollyn Zoubek (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Phil Madeira.
    Recording information: Planet Of The Tapes, Brentwood, TN.
    Photographer: Liz Linder.
    On Nectar, Brooks Williams continues to push the boundaries of his contemporary folk, incorporating elements of rock and electric blues into much of the album. He also refrains from any virtuoso performances, delivering very little of his usual flashy fretwork. While this might disappoint some, the simplified approach magnifies his improvements as a songwriter. "Birth of the True" opens the album with an effective stab at melodic pop/rock, while "Great Big Sea" is a fun tribute to Chuck Berry complete with rolling drums, lyrical double entendres, and his signature stuttered guitar chords. The melancholy "May You Never" is an optimistic slice of acoustic blues that is given a country tinge by a lovely, understated slide guitar solo. "Singing in the Dark" counters its funky acoustic guitar riff with a stark tale of heartbreak, while "She Loves Me (When I Try)" is a lovelorn ballad that comes closest to his mellow early work. At just under 40 minutes, Nectar is a concise effort that emphasizes Williams' growth as a songwriter, filtering his many influences into a delightful folk-pop effort that de-emphasizes his technical prowess and continues his streak of winning albums. ~ Bradley Torreano

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (06-07/03, p.83) - "...Williams forsakes the contemporary singer/songwriter sound on which he's built his career in favor of hook-laden pop and R&B arrangements..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (5/03, p.108) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Brooks takes a radical step forward here with pop-sensible production and a daringly voice-centric, radio-bound mix....Classy adult pop..."
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