Where Have All the Rockers Gone?
'Where have all the rockers gone?' the debut album from Rusty Nelson features ballads and rockers in a straight-ahead style that has transcended the generations. With minimalist production but a full sound, Rusty brings rock back to the basics with his melody-driven music. From the roots-rocky blues of 'Train Ride' to the dark distorted rock of 'Night and Day,' the common thread is the solid melodies and heart-wrenching lyrics. Tales of heart-ache, lost love, and goth chickies-it's all there. Often starting from sparse arrangements of drums, bass, and guitar, the music builds into a powerful sound complemented by synth, strings, and organ. The frequently minor melodies and intense lyricism do not resemble the emo movement-the overall effect is not whininess-instead, 'Where have all the rockers gone?' pounds it's way through the heartbreak. Like the blues itself, Nelson's rock n' roll is meant to heal, not to wound. In the proper do-it-yourself ethic of indie music, Rusty did-it-himself-no other musicians, no other engineers-just one man's labor of love. A first effort with amazing results! 'Where have all the rockers gone?' is a modern album with a variety of songs and styles that remains solidly rock n' roll.