Album Review: Daniel Nestlerode – Almost Home

It has been just over two years since Daniel Nestlerode’s debut album More Than a Little Guitar hit the shelves and clearly the time between then and now has been spent in the careful composition of his eagerly anticipated follow-up album Almost Home which is now finally readily available for purchase across the lands.

Nestlerode has a plethora of fans throughout the world and that is doubtless due to the unique niche that he has carved for himself in the music world. As a man who relies primarily on his deft and dextrous plucking of the mandolin strings with nothing but some gentle acoustic guitar in the background for support he sets himself apart from the rest of his contemporaries with his stripped back style. Soft, gentle and yet so soulfully joyous and jovial that it can’t help but spread a big Cheshire cat grin across your face, Nestolerode clearly knows precisely how to compose a song so that it plays the strings upon your heart as well as his mandolin.

A large part of Nestlerode’s appeal however comes from his deep, friendly and incredible charismatic voice. His soft American lilt filters throughout his songs in a stunning and tender manner as he puts his voice to a combination of old and new. As Nestlerode combines his own unique renditions of songs of old alongside his own original compositions it allows him to produce a versatile and stunning album that touches your heart through both his music and his stories. Songs such as Wounded Knee give real life to the power of Nestlerode’s words and embrace the darkness and the sadness of the past and yet with the warmth and familiarity of his vocals and the jovial sound of his mandolin it’s hard to feel the full extent of the darkness. It’s this talent that allows Nestlerode to shine a light into the darkness where others might fear as well as creating beautiful contrasts in content when listened to alongside songs of unity such as Take Us As We Are.

Nestlerode brings together the best of all worlds in his music, he sings of sadness and joy, old and new and he brings it all together with a playful nature and a tenderness that warms you from the depths of your heart.

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Review by Joe Knipe

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