Nested

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nested was Laura Nyro's second studio album of new original material to be released after her career hiatus of the first half of the 1970s, following 1976's Smile. Like that predecessor, it was a more restrained affair, musically and lyrically, than some of her more intense efforts of the late '60s, such as New York Tendaberry. In fact, such catchy soul-pop songs as "Rhythm & Blues" and "The Sweet Sky" sounded almost as if they could have appeared on her 1967 debut album More Than a New Discovery and been covered for hits. But Nyro's highly personal perspective was also on display on the record, starting with the lead-off track, "Mr. Blue (The Song of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nested was Laura Nyro's second studio album of new original material to be released after her career hiatus of the first half of the 1970s, following 1976's Smile. Like that predecessor, it was a more restrained affair, musically and lyrically, than some of her more intense efforts of the late '60s, such as New York Tendaberry. In fact, such catchy soul-pop songs as "Rhythm & Blues" and "The Sweet Sky" sounded almost as if they could have appeared on her 1967 debut album More Than a New Discovery and been covered for hits. But Nyro's highly personal perspective was also on display on the record, starting with the lead-off track, "Mr. Blue (The Song of Communications)," an account of an attempt to re-establish relations with a lover, in which she paused to speak quoted dialogue from him to her: "I've heard of liberation but sweetheart -- you're in outer space," and "you can be so arrogant, and you don't know anything about being cool." In "American Dreamer," she turned from her personal life to her professional life, apparently recalling the early business deal that resulted in a former manager ending up with half the proceeds from her song publishing royalties. The chorus, another quoted passage, goes "There's nothing we can do/we could not get there in time/It's too late -- /she signed on the dotted line." But the overwhelming theme of the album, as its title suggested, concerned Nyro's pregnancy. In "Crazy Love," sung with only her own piano accompaniment, she first referred to her "unborn star," and by the album's close with "Child in a Universe" and "The Nest," impending childbirth had become a major concern. As such, Nested could be viewed as the next installment in Nyro's allusive musical autobiography.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/12/2008
  • Label: Iconoclassic
  • UPC: 886972010724
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 28,110

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laura Nyro Primary Artist, Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Vocals
John Tropea Guitar
John Sebastian Harmonica
Vinnie Vincent Guitar
Felix Cavaliere Organ, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Cyril Cianflone Bass, Track Performer
Vinnie Cusano Guitar
Will Lee Bass
Tony Levin Bass
Liberty Nydia Mata Percussion
Andy Newmark Drums
Nydia Mata Percussion
Technical Credits
Laura Nyro Composer, Producer, String Ensemble
Dale Ashby Engineer
Tony Levin Contributor
Roscoe Harring Producer
Pop Ashby Engineer
Frank Koenig Engineer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Chris Eselgroth Reissue Design
Andy John Uryevick Cover Design
Rosco Harring Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Best Ever by Laura Nyro

    Nested is easily the best album written and performed by Laura Nyro. Three songs stand out for me - Rhythm and Blues, Sweet Sky, and Crazy Love. John Sebastian plays harmonica for R&B - at one point there is a harp/vocal duet that is pure Nyro voice at it's best. Crazy Love will tear your heart out. It is clearly about her ex-husband - "deer eyes ... razor steel." If you have ever had your heart broken, this song will break it again. Sweet Sky is a lyrical love song that is not like anything else Laura ever sang. It's in my head all the time. My only hope is that those wonderful producers who found these additional gifts for us will continue the search. She is, and always will be, one of the most gifted song writers to ever grace us with her presence.

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