The people at Radio 68 recently had me on their show for a chat and they also very kindly wrote an incredible review of the album. Below you’ll find some clips from the interview and their review of the album.
Second Thoughts by Davy O’List album review by Radio 68. It is better than The Nice. Davy O’List, guitarist, composer and mastermind behind the original edition of The Nice, after many wanderings returned with a full-fledged solo album. For those wondering who the particular sound of the Nice first LP, “The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack” (1967), given that ‘Second Thoughts’ the correct answer: Davy O’List, also known as Captain of The Attack, supervisor PP Arnold, filling in for Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, prospective successor to Brian Jones and instigator of an unknown dandyesk group that would become famous as Roxy Music.
I compare the Davy O’List of debuting Nice happy with the Syd Barrett from the early days of Pink Floyd and Kevin Ayers of the young Soft Machine. They all wrote great songs that did a relatively conventional structure of a song in combination with special lyrics and innovative sound, a total concept that would blend in with the innovations in the social and cultural world, yes, often both soundtrack and sound board who acted themselves innovative society. In short, progressive music in the true sense of the word. For me hear ‘The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack (O’List), “Lullaby Letter’ (Ayers) and” Arnold Layne (Barrett) in the same category superior home.
Anyway, ‘Second Thoughts’ is intended as a sequel to the ‘First Thoughts’, which Emerlist Davjack so or the first album by The Nice, by O’List as “proto-prog” specified. This sequel also includes a progression in: meanwhile finds the prog in a post-era and modern technology opens up opportunities where producers, arrangers and musicians fifty years hardly dreamed of.
The title track, which if statement also opens the plate, effectively reminds the O’List of time: start with a rhythmic synthesizer, funky guitar, tempo changes, of course synthesizersolootje, but above all this is enthroned the song and melody. Not mix, but rather a sequence, almost a collage of styles and techniques that display complex patterns and still provide a strong song. Also on ‘To The Stars’ O’List delivers good job off. It varies in crescendo to the title (to the flowers, to the seas, etc.) and thus as a chorus conjuring acts with wild synthesizers as an underlying pattern. Despite its length, holding ‘Touch Wood’ all the features of a full-blooded rock song which stands out above all the clever guitar work. ‘Bonnie K’ is a reprise of the same song from the first album. Guitar and vocals tend toward the sort of heavy rock (standards of use fifty years ago please!) It Steppenwolf made popular, but the influences of soul, blues and funk are undeniable, and yes, you can even dance to it.
‘Halfway to Heaven’, with thick fourteen minutes the longest track our man ever composed, is a challenge. It’s not a song, but many songs, where O’List all his inspiration for release. It’s pop, it’s psychedelic, it’s prog, it’s space rock. And it’s all fine.