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Editors’ Notes

The cover of Rollins Band’s 2001 album, Nice, is an obvious gag about the record industry's shameless materialism, but one wonders why Henry Rollins felt he need to make the joke. The set of political and aesthetic principles to which Rollins has adhered for decades hadn't changed, nor had he compromised his art. Nice is nearly as punishing as the early Rollins Band albums, but that’s a good thing. He wasn't making commercial rock, but by embracing some of his more accessible influences, he made music that's more fun. Following the appearance of MC5 guitarist Wayne Kramer on the previous album, the influence of Detroit hard rock is prominent here. Judging from “Gone Inside the Zero,” “What’s the Matter Man,” and “Stop Look and Listen,” Rollins has been revisiting his old copies of Raw Power and Cat Scratch Fever. It’s equally refreshing to hear him turning to James Brown (“Up for It”) and Bo Diddley (“We Walk Alone”), but the most singular song here is patently Rollins: “Going Out Strange” matches any track from The End of Silence for gut-grinding physicality.

Customer Reviews

An over looked album

This album from Rollins Band has to be one of their best, everything is so well put together and the sound is tight. This album is great because there are an amount of different styles that this album showcases. For me one of the songs that caught my ear was "Whats The Matter Man" which is showcasesd in Tony Hawks Pro Skater 3. Many of you who are part of that generation know what I'm talking about. haha But anyways the beat is driven heavy with the snare and the guitars sound great. Other great songs are "Up For It" and "Your Number Is One" because they are both pretty funky and have great beats. "Hangin' Around" is a track that is kinda slow and grungy a bit. Overall I could let this album play all the way through and not want to skip any of the tracks because all the songs are catchy and bring a good taste to your ear pallette. This album is a must for any Henry Rollins or Rollins Band fan.

the best one kids...

Rollins is an interesting character...he admits that he is not a traditional rock singer in the sense of wiggling his hips and singing catchy hooks. That being said, Rollin's style is akin to that of Bob Dylan if he was on testosterone injections. In a way, Rollins sort of talk sings...or in this case yells-sings. None the less his timing, lyrics and maturity come through nice and soulfully on this album. You can really here the fusion of funk and old school rock in his band as well. Rollins is someone who when he puts his mind to something, he gets it done. On this album you not only see the fruition and maturation of his infamousstyle and tenacity, but also a perfect intergration of his influences paired with a well done produciton.


Best Rollins Band album. One of the few albums I can listen to all the way through and really like every song. Highly recommend.

Nice, Rollins Band
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Mar 06, 2012

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