Song Review:

Corina, Corina

Overall Impression:

New York's King of Western Swing weaves his rich vocal tones into a smoothly unfurling instrumental tapestry with the original tune, "Corina, Corina"!  True to his title, Nolan Bruce Allen's musical talents illuminate the line where traditional Country instrumentations meet Jazz sensibilities, allowing "Corina, Corina" to serve as a love letter to not only the eponymous Corina, but to the genres and artists that inform the Western Swing legacy as a whole.

Strongest Point(s):

Professional as ever, Nolan Bruce Allen and his supporting instrumentalists hold together with infectious chemistry!  Each instrument takes center stage in turn, forming a seamless cavalcade of Jazzy, jubilant cadenzas while leaving more than enough room for the overall sound to feel spacious and warm.  Momentary harmonies support NBA's own welcoming vocal tones to give the lyrical content depth and emotional drive - culminating in a listening experience with nearly infinite replayability!

Target Audience Appeal:

Fans of the Western Swing genre will agree that Nolan Bruce Allen's sound and style to be among the finest endeavors ever recorded - and newcomers to the sound should find that "Corina, Corina" as well as much else of the artist's work stands as a comprehensive introduction to the form!  Equal parts love song and stylistic accomplishment, "Corina, Corina" stands to win the hearts of listeners across a wide range of listening backgrounds! - Jon W.

Artist target suggestions:

Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Spade Cooley & the Western Swing Dance Gang, The Maddox Brothers & Rose, T. Texas Tyler, Jimmie Ballard, Johnny Tyler's Riders Of The Rio Grande, Bucky Bates, Tune Wranglers, Tex Atchison, Slim Harbert and His Boys, Tex Williams & His Western Caravan

About The Reviewer:

Jon Wright is a trained multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music educator with nearly twenty years of experience in the field. Working with musicians and their individual sounds is his passion and profession, and he strives to interact with and understand every aspect of the production process - from theory and songwriting to recording and mastering. He continues to teach students of all ages and is currently collaborating with artists across a wide range of genres.


Vocals: Strength
Lyrics: Strength
Instrumental Performance/Execution: Strength
Melody/Rhythm: Strength
Arrangement/Flow: Strength
Recording Quality/Overall Mix: Strength.