Nelson featuring Ricky Nelson’s twin sons Matthew and Gunnar, came right out of nowhere in 1990. Their debut After The Rain climbed the charts on the strength of two top 10 hits the title track which made #6 and the chart topper “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love And Affection”. Then as fast as they appeared they disappeared from the scene. Some blame it on the shift to grunge and alternative, while the Nelson’s blamed conflicts with the record label. The band’s next album never came out until 1995.
One listen to their latest offering Peace Out and you could make a case for it to be the natural follow-up to After The Rain. The new songs all have the hooks and choruses that made the first album a monumental success.
The guitar riff at the beginning of “Back In The Day” stands out immediately as
the song takes you on a trip down to memory lane. Other highlights include the go for broke “Let It Ride”, “On The Bright Side” and perhaps the best song of the album in “Rockstar”.
Whether Peace Out helps put the Nelson twins back in the spotlight again remains to be seen. There are no throwaways here. This album is easily the best the Nelson’s have released in my opinion. Their determined effort put into the recording assuring each song was able to stand out on its own speaks volumes. They promise the set list for the tour will feature a heavy-dose of Peace Out. I for one cannot wait.
01. Hello Everybody
02. Back In The Day
04. Let It Ride
05. I Wanna Stay Home
06. On The Bright Side
09. What’s Not To Love?
10. You And Me
11. Bad For You
12. Leave The Light On For Me
Check out the band’s video for “Rockstar” click here