Song Review:

Right Or Wrong

Overall Impression:

Nolan Bruce Allen's "Right Or Wrong" delivers a divine dose of Western Swing charm, supporting lovelorn lyricism with lilting Jazz instrumentations and a pleasantly punchy pace! Skillful solo passages punctuate a blissfully bouncing arrangement - highlighting fiddle and keys, as well as sonorous steel and electric guitar work in a cascading illustration of life-long infatuation, "Right Or Wrong"!

Strongest Point(s):

The tempo and tone of "Right Or Wrong" bring levity to the sound, allowing NBA's lyrics to land as sentimental rather than sad. The complexities in the song's harmonic progressions (specifically the descending figure that marks the entry into the first verse as well as the pass-offs between solos and eventually the end of the tune) convey a sense of descending internal conflict - nicely illustrating the narrator's internal refusal to let go of the one that let go of him. Clear vocal tones and an easily comprehensible lyrical theme allow listeners to immerse themselves fully in this timeless sound!

Target Audience Appeal:

"Right Or Wrong" delivers lyrics that should ring true among any and everyone who's faced the difficult task of moving on from a broken relationship - with an instrumental and melodic flair that evoke a tremendous optimism in the face of heartache! Those familiar with the Jazz-oriented Western Swing genre will find Nolan Bruce Allen's works to be fully representative of the musical energies contained in the field - and "Right or Wrong" is certainly the rule here rather than the exception! - 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 in a wide variety of genres.


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