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The Love That Whirls

Bill Nelson

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Album Review

It's possible to find through-lines of the new romantic strain of pop throughout this Bill Nelson release, with washes of synthesizer and dance-of-electrocution rhythms going on all over the place, but the true fascination is the mix of a post-ironic tone and a cultured sensitivity to art and beauty. While Nelson puts his guitar chops on display periodically throughout Love That Whirls (The Diary of a Thinking Man) (much of it with E-bow in hand), this is far from being a guitar album — all of the disparate elements are too well-integrated for any to assume a point of focus. There is a sweetness and a lightness to a great deal of the work Nelson put into this album, and this makes it infinitely listenable. In some respects, this is also a record that will teach listeners everything they need to know about Bill Nelson — it touches on all aspects of what he does. [This edition contains bonus tracks.] ~ Steven E. McDonald, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Bill's Greatest Work

Out of all his solo work, I believe "The Love That Whirls (Diary of a Thinking Heart)" is perhaps one of his finest achievements. I never grow tired of this album! His masterful use of EBow on lead guitar is so fluid, silky and evocative, it is often mistaken for synthesizer! This is my all-time favorite Bill Nelson album! A must-have.

Chromium Romanticism

Love and technology leave breathless ripples in the crinkles. Hearty rock blasts with longing. Transformative interpretations of e-bow-motion. Bill "Be-Bop-Deluxe" Nelson parades gifts of ambrosia-like fuel, cascading in your mind as bits of zen turbulence. Fun and serious, heavenly and sexy, this is the perfect album from a universe where brilliance matters and you can be happy knowing the strengths of a humble master of musical love.

This album stands apart

Though the synths and drum machines make this very much an album of its time, the songs and performances stand up. Bill Nelson is fantastic musician and deserves wider recognition.

Biography

Born: December 18, 1948 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

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

Bill Nelson is both an enigma and a highly public person whose motivations sometimes seem shrouded in complex mysteries, yet whose at-times prodigious output amounts to public development of song ideas and musical experiments. He has been both a guitar hero and the background figure in any number of art installations, exhibitions, and theatrical presentations. While difficult for record company executives...
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