Nick Waterhouse Would Make Ray Charles Smile

On this vibrant third album, the California soul shouter draws heavily from early-’60s R&B without sounding like a nostalgia act.


Nick Waterhouse
Never Twice
Innovative Leisure

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Nick Waterhouse embodies effortless hipster cool. On this vibrant third album, the California soul shouter does his usual thing with grand flair, drawing heavily from early-’60s R&B, among other groovy sources, yet never sounding like a nostalgia act. Swinging from first note to last, Waterhouse combines swaggering but good-natured vocals, tough beats, often with a Latin tinge, soul-jazz embellishments such as Hammond organ, and rousing, gospel-influenced tunes that would make Ray Charles smile. If the driving “Katchi,” a doo wop-inclined stomper co-starring Leon Bridges, doesn’t grab you, the breathless and exhilarating “Tracy” or the tender change-of-pace instrumental “Lucky Once” surely will. Never Twice is worth hearing again and again.

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