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Sacred Weapon

Nils Lofgren

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Album Review

Sacred Weapon is Nils Lofgren's 17th studio album since parting ways with Grin in a career that's spanned more than 30 years, and it's to his credit that after all this time it's hard to know what to expect from the guy when he makes a record. Above and beyond all else, Lofgren is a hell of a good rock & roll guitar player, but while he gives himself some powerful six-string workouts here, on Sacred Weapon he seems more interested in baring his soul and looking into the nooks and crannies of human relationships than in reeling off solos. Vocals have never been Lofgren's strongest suit, and his voice, reedy and wavering, is not in its best shape here, but there's a naked emotion in "The Comfort Your Love Brings," "You're Not There," "Whiskey Holler," and "In Your Hands" (the latter a duet with Willie Nelson) that compensates for the flaws in his instrument, and he puts a soulful force behind his performances that's inarguably affecting. The songwriting follows suit, and for every loose-limbed rocker like "Can't Take the Rock," one or two deeply personal songs cut to the emotional quick, and the album includes musical homages to two fallen heroes, Walter Payton ("Tried and True") and David Briggs ("Mr. Hardcore"). Some of Sacred Weapon works and some of it doesn't, but what does stick is powerful and heartfelt enough to make this one of Lofgren's best solo albums since 1991's Silver Lining, and proof he can write fine songs of his own when he's properly inspired.

Customer Reviews

Another excellent album from an underrated singer-songwriter/guitarist

Well worth buying--fabulous guitar work, great range of styles (unlike any other Nils album in this respect). Interesting duets with the likes of Willie Nelson. If you like 'proper' music--this album is a must.

First Listening

First impressions are that it is a bit disappointing after the excellent Breakaway Angel. Guitar, as usual, is superb but some of the songs are a bit weak and the backing vocals are awful on some tracks. May be one of these albums that takes time to grow on you.

Not his best...

... but never the less is well worth having. Nils's playing is as good as ever and I love his duet with Willie Nelson, their voices seem to work really well together. Nils played a lot of these when he toured for this album and they transfered to the stage really well.

Biography

Born: 21 June 1951 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For much of his professional rock & roll career, Nils Lofgren has been known as the lead guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band — the guy who replaced Steven Van Zandt in 1984 and stayed on after Little Steven returned to the fold. Prior to the E-Street Band, Lofgren was a member of Neil Young's backing band Crazy Horse, and these associations have tended to dominate any mention of the guitarist's career, as any support for two legendary singer/songwriters would. But take away...
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Sacred Weapon, Nils Lofgren
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 04 April 2006

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