Dave Jordan & the NIA‘s new release, No Losers Tonight, is chock full of unpretentious songs that don’t try and be anything but honest. There are some tracks that will get toes tapping and boots scooting, as well as a few heartfelt ballads that truly hit home. Choruses that were born to be sung along with thanks to clean, clear production and an undeniably exuberant feeling. Other tunes that were meant to reflect the more introspective moments in life resonate just as powerfully. It’s obvious to anyone listening that this is not a band using their skills for crass commercialism…they simply want to make music that moves the heart and body.Songs like disc opener “Southern Girl” and the title track “No Losers Tonight” are perfect examples of the straight ahead sound this outfit can lay down when they so choose. Rocking guitars, crisp drums and a driving lyrical presence out front, loud and proud. An undercurrent of smoldering organs and rhythm guitar licks open up “Smoke” and give Jordan a chance to focus his energy on the task at hand, telling tales of the difficulty of life and love. With his name out front, this is clearly Jordan’s showcase and though he freely shares the foreground with his backing band he holds court with unshakable confidence that is musically refreshing.There are a few numbers, like “Come A Little Closer” that bring the tempo down to an intimate whisper between two lovers entwined in a dance. The song benefits greatly form the strains of the band’s New Orleans roots showing in the strains of accordian and ragtime jazz time signatures. “Pontchartrain” takes things even lower and slower…showing some impressive blues guitar licks as it meanders along like the waves on the lake the song is named after. It is impressive to see a band feel comfortable enough to take the idea of a ten minute song into their collective hearts and make it so listeners feel sad when it ends. Utilizing folkier instruments for the more introspective pieces creates a rapport with listeners that benefits immensely from the rockier early tunes by simple contrast.The album’s closing tracks take a turn for the melancholy with “Baby I’m Gone” and especially “Dreams So Real” show Jordan at a seeming musical impasse, not sure which direction to take at a crossroads. The blues vibe on “Dreams” is powerful, almost oppressive…as if it was the very clouds during a storm. a clever use of piano bursts against lush bowed notes adds texture to the storm. As they show on No Losers Tonight, Dave Jordan and his band are capable of doing many thing well. It will be interesting to watch this band and see which of their many muses the chose to follow.
Arsenal are eyeing the free transfer of PSG defender Layvin Kurzawa (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have initiated talks with Layvin Kurzawa with a view to signing the PSG defender on a free transfer in the summer.The 27-year-old is out of contract in less than six months and is unlikely to be offered a new deal by the French champions.Kurzawa is currently free to speak with any potential European suitors and according to RMC, Arsenal have already registered an interest in the experienced left-back.Despite Arsenal’s remote hopes of finishing in the top four this season, Mikel Arteta is unlikely to spend heavily, if at all, in the January window and will plan for the summer market instead.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe new Arsenal head coach is said to have championed the signing of Kurzawa and Arsenal could yet submit an offer to PSG before the end of the month if their injury crisis continues to worsen.🔋 Working towards the comeback! 💪 @KieranTierney1 pic.twitter.com/akMMiuzWHG— Arsenal (@Arsenal) January 15, 2020 Arsenal spent £25million on Scotland international Kieran Tierney in the summer but injuries have restricted the former Celtic star to just 11 appearances this season.Indeed, the 22-year-old is not expected to back in full training until March after he dislocated his shoulder against West Ham in December, while the club’s only other recognised left-back, Sead Kolasinac, is nursing an ankle injury.With Nacho Monreal having been sold in August, Bukayo Saka has been asked to fill in at left-back on occasion, while Sokratis Papastathopoulos played at right-back in the recent FA Cup win over Leeds in the absence of Calum Chambers whose season was ended by a cruciate knee ligament injury.When asked about Arsenal defensive injury problems ahead of Saturday’s match against Sheffield United, Arteta said: ‘We have a lot of issues at the back, the fact that Calum got the big injury is modifying our plans.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It is what we have, the situation, it can happen between December and January, it is very common.‘We have to live with it, this is what we have. We have to put 11 players out on the pitch on Saturday and I am sure we will.‘They will try their best, and I will try to select the ones who in my opinion are the best fit for that game.’Kuzarwa, meanwhile, has played 12 times for PSG this season but missed the side’s last four matches.He returned to PSG’s starting XI on Wednesday night as the Ligue 1 champions took on Monaco at the Stade Louis II.Should Arsenal sign Kurzawa now or wait until the summer?Get it done now0%Wait until the summer0%Don’t sign him at all0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Liverpool poach Arsenal head of medical services Gary O’Driscoll despite Mikel Arteta interventionMORE: Mikel Arteta plays down John Stones interest but teases Arsenal transfer wishlist Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 15 Jan 2020 7:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Arsenal begin transfer talks with Layvin Kurzawa Advertisement
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