‘I Don’t Do This For Love, I Do This For Love’ - Nathan Bell - songs that tell it how it is(February 06, 2016)
Back in the day, ‘Blood Like A River’ was one of those albums that hit me like a steam hammer and left an indelible mark, then there was ‘Black Crow Blue’, which cut a deep furrow and now comes ‘I Don’t Do This For Love, I Do This For Love’ and there’s that dependable reaction to an album from Nathan bell ... it hit hard and once more the marks it leaves will remain for a long time. Here are those straightforward songs that tell it how it is, no trimmings, nothing held back or turned down. Here is the guitar master’s skills in full flow. Here is that gruff voice delivering lyrics of honesty and reality.
Listen to the impressive title track, ‘I Don’t Do This For Love, I Do This For Love’ as it leads in the album and you’re already living in the place where Bell’s songs reach the furthest. The reach and expressiveness continues through the harsh memories of ‘Dust’ and the acceptance of ‘All That You Carry’ and the melancholy understanding of ‘Good Morning Detroit’. And if your life is that of everyman, like the rest of us then when you hear ‘Georgia 41 (someday we’ll look back)’ everything falls into focus.
To give it its full title, ‘I Don’t Do This For Love, I Do This For Love’ (Working And Hanging On In America)’ has perception, power, presence and quite simply takes hold of one man’s view and ‘tells the truth’, whether people want to acknowledge it or not. As Bell says: “But man’s a foolish creature always at war, surrounded by his angels that he chooses to ignore.”
Review: Tom Franks