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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 23, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B014XAWU4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #176,623 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By D. O'Dell on November 4, 2015
Format: Audio CD
‘Courting the Widow’ doesn’t need a lengthy review because there are only so many words for ‘great.’ If you’re a fan of ‘classic’ 1970s prog-rock you’ll like this music. This album continues what began with Nad’s excellent 2009 ‘Unifaun’ album and exceeded all my expectations of what Unifaun 2 could have been. His voice is a beautifully eerie combination of Gabriel and Collins, and yes, the early Genesis sound is present (and how could it not be with maestro Hackett’s guitar on some tracks?). It’s kind of a ‘what could have been’ if Genesis had continued on as a four-piece. Smart songs, excellent production, virtuoso playing and beautiful artwork make for a complete audio and visual package. For the prog-rock devotee this is a must-have album from one of the nicest guys in rock & roll!
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I've been a fan of Nad Sylvan ever since I heard Agents of Mercy's dramarama. This album marks his solo debut on Inside Out Records, and his first real record deal. This is a very high quality release, each song has memorable hooks and good musicianship. Musically, this sounds like Agents of Mercy but goes in a more 70s prog direction. There are lots of Banks and Wakeman-esque keyboard fills, with Steve Hackett providing the occasional solo on a few tracks. Nad Sylvan's vocals are perfect for this style of music, he provides some haunting melodies on the title track and "echoes of ekwabet", while showing us his joyful side on "the killing of the calm". Nad is able to evince the tone of the lyrical message masterfully, like the classic prog vocalists before him.

Some have called this album derivative, a tribute, or a pastiche. I'd say it pays respect and borrows sounds from those artists, but Nad shows sparks of his own creativity and his original melodies make this album hold its own.

Thematically, this album is dressed up a bit like a concept album. There's the character "The Vampirate" who is featured on the album. It's a kind of loose concept, but there are themes of love and loss, of death and beyond, war, immortality, and sacrifice. Make haste to purchase this album.
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Just a truly exceptional release by an artist who deserves wide recognition and wide audience for his work, which is heavily influenced by early Genesis. With a highly versatile voice that sounds sometimes like Phil Collins and occasionally like Peter Gabriel, Nad Sylvan's vocals and great keyboards power this highly original and wonderfully melodic work. Every song on this release is engaging, interesting, and enjoyable listening. There are no letdowns or lapses, which is astounding given the genre. The ending song, Long Slow Crash Landing, features both Hackett and Sylvan on guitar, and I almost can't believe that someone could compose a song that good. If you have any appreciation for the music of early Genesis, or the work of Steve Hackett or Peter Gabriel, I cannot see you being anything but delighted with this work. It will take you back to a good time in your past.

I discovered Nad Sylvan on November 18, 2015 at a Steve Hackett concert in Wilmington, Delaware. Nad came out at mid-show to do vocals and immediately captured the audience and held our attention in his grip for the remainder of the show. He has a mesmerizing and commanding stage presence, executing dramatic expression like a seasoned Shakespearean actor. If you get an opportunity to see Nad Sylvan live, in any context, you will become a fan. If you listen to some of his interviews you will also discover that he is a really nice guy. I am not sure what Nad can do next to top "Courting the Widow" in the future but I can't wait to see and hear what he does next. One final note – he produced the "Courting the Widow" work himself, so what you hear comes to you exactly the way he wanted it to. Great work!
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I had the pleasure of seeing Steve Hackett's Genesis Revisited 2 tour in St. Charles, Illinois in September 2013 and Nad Sylvan was sharing lead vocals with Hackett's regular drummer, Gary O'Toole. His voice is an eerie cross between Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins. His interpretation of Gabriel-era Genesis and the post-Gabriel era is extraordinary. Courting the Widow is as well.It's a stellar first solo effort.

Supported by the likes of Hackett, Nick D'Virgilio, Nick Beggs, Doane Perry, Roine Stolt, Roger King, Garry O'Toole, and Rob Townsend,
Sylvan has created a prog. classic with many tips of the hat to his favorite band, Genesis. I've played the hell outta this CD in the the week I've owned it and will probably continue to do so. This has to be one of the top progressive releases of the year.
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Nad is a fantastic songwriter and performer. This album really highlights his gift as a contributor to the progressive rock genre. He is very thoughtful in the construction of his lyrics and his music and he is capable of playing just about any of the instruments that are displayed. The 19 minute epic is worth the price of this CD. Not one bad song on the album! You won't regret adding this to your collection.
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Having witnessed the last two tours by Steve Hackett, where Nad has been the vocalist for Genesis Revisited songs, I was curious as to how this solo album might sound. I read a positive review in Prog Magazine, and bought it unheard.
This is now one of my favorite albums, and one of my top ten for 2015. It is full of wonderful, beautiful music, with catchy tunes, virtuoso performances from Nad, (who besides singing, plays many instruments), as well as guests such as Steve Hackett and Roine Stolt, and other members of Steve Hackett's touring band.
He is incredibly creative in crafting songs, and as the Prog Magazine review says, it will remind you of the style of classic Genesis without imitating any of the actual songs from then.
As any great album does, it takes you on a journey from start to finish, leaving you exhilarated and in awe of the music.
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