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The best kept secret in music


I was recommended this album by a friend in New York. Nick Hinton is a UK-based singer songwriter and his debut Raw As The Day is an achingly beautiful collection of songs spread across a landscape of loss, abandonment and rejection.

This album is also a very strong start for such a young singer songwriter. Vocals are rich, emotive and layered in a very up-close-and-personal kind of way. Melodies on songs such as Mary's Lullaby and All That You Are leave you hanging on for more and the structure of the harmonies is simply stunning.

Watch The World Go By is the strongest song here from a commercial standpoint, and reminds me of songs that came from legends like John Lennon and The Carpenters.

As you progress through the EP Raw As The Day from track 1's rousing accusation in "Can't Go Back" which deals with loss and regret to the simplistic melancholy supportive beauty that is "All That You Are," you realise Nick has a lot to say, leaving us wondering what his next album will bring.

Nick Hinton is an artist to watch - and one that is clearly destined for a long career.

He builds a steady following over at Go check him out and his music.

You won't regret it.
- Michael Faiman


2004 : Raw As The Day. (EP) Available on iTunes.


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It’s that feeling, that rush you get up your back,” states Nick Hinton, “I love that reaction to music. That’s my goal - I want to write stuff that gives you that feeling.” Judging by his growing reputation, Nick’s on target. His exhilarating laments on the human emotional experience manage to talk to the soul while planting a melody firmly in your heart and a lyric in your head. The man has all bases covered. Listen to the songs on his first offering “Raw As The Day” and its obvious that as much thought and passion has gone into the arrangements and overall sound as the song writing.

With piano as his first instrument, Nick goes on to build the whole sonic picture as it comes to him. Since its release, “Raw As The Day” has won him “Best Song Of The Month” on Songwriter, with ‘Watch The World Go By’ and given Nick his most downloaded song off iTunes, Sony Connect and MSN - ‘All That You Are’. But as important as the catchy tunes or slick production is Nick’s ability to express his own experiences and feelings in a way that can touch the listener on different levels. Take “Watch The World Go By”. “That song is for everyone lost on 9/11 and for everyone who lost someone on 9/11,” explains Nick, “Like everyone I was so horrified by that day - it's where the original inspiration for the song came from but I felt I should write a ballad, it seemed instinctive.” But of course, time doesn’t stand still. A year on and Nick has evolved. His songs attract hundreds of new fans to his site each month. The new cuts show off this new attitude. 'Reeve' is a touching tribute to the late Christopher Reeve. His debut album is described on iTunes as "an achingly beautiful and personal collection of songs spread across an emotional landscape of loss, abandonment and rejection with an overall feeling of longing. It is this feeling, which although the songs deal with the frailer, more vulnerable side of the human psyche, give the songs a soaring, and almost transcendent beauty, especially in 'Watch the World Go By' which mood speaks a quiet hope in shallow and mindless times. Hinton's songs are cathartic in the very best sense of the word and through beauty and loss help to put us back in touch with what it means to be human."