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  • Audio CD (Sept. 28 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B004F1O98O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Mitchell J Bilus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
With the release of his self-titled, first album in 1980, Nile burst onto the music scene, & has never looked back. Immediately drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen, he was a hit both with critics & fans alike. Sometime after the release of his second album, Golden Down, in 1981, Nile was plagued by record company legal problems, & more or less disppeared from the music scene. The music industry, it seemed, had lost a vital voice & fan favorite...or had it.

Without missing a beat, Nile resurfaced 10 years later, with the release of Places I Have Never Been, which again drew critical acclaim, & yielded some fan favorite cuts, including one that remains a staple of his live shows, Heaven Help The Lonely. But it wasn't until the 2006 release of Streets of New York, that new fans & critics actually began to sit up & take notice of this singer-songwriter, & discovered what a precious few already knew...that Nile was not only a gifted singer & performer, but that he, together with long-time friend, collaborator, & drummer, Frankie Lee, was a prolific songwriter. Together, the duo penned some of the finest lyrics of their careers, & created some of the catchiest hooks to date.

With the current release of The Innocent Ones, now available for a limited time via his website,, with an official release later this year, Nile & Frankie Lee, have again crafted another concept album, that stands apart from the rest of the pack. From start to finish, this album ranks among the best albums of its type ever released. Yielding such catchy tunes as the Clash-like, Can't Stay Home, & the sixties-inspired, My Little Girl, along with the ballads Song For You and Sideways Beautiful, written for Nile's daughter, the real stars here are the title track, & his new anthem, One Guitar, which, if there's any justice in this crazy world, should finally get Nile & company the radio air-time he deserves...

Having just performed at the Light Of Day benfefit concert at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park last night, Willie, together with Frankie Lee, and bass guitarist Johnny Pisano, can be found touring all over the planet, with several gigs coming up in the next few months in New Jersey & upstate New York. Check them out when they come to your hometown, so you can see for yourself what the fuss is all about, & don't forget to visit his website, for more info, & to purchase all his available cds.

Mitchell Bilus
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another gem from Willie April 28 2011
By Chet - Published on
Format: Audio CD
He may be in his early 60s now, but Willie Nile is absolutely in the prime of his career. "The Innocent Ones" is his third terrific album in the last 5 years (following "Streets of New York" and the amazing "House of a Thousand Guitars"). As with his other albums, Willie's songs fit several different genres, and he excels at all of them; there are great ballads like "Song for You" and "Sideways Beautiful," there are terrific pop/rock tunes like "My Little Girl" and "Far Green Hills," and there's the rockin' title song plus "One Guitar" - both of which have sing-a-long choruses that will stay in your head for days. On a letter-grade basis, my rating for this CD would be A-minus. It's a notch below his A+ masterpiece "House of a Thousand Guitars," but it's still my my favorite album of the past year, without a doubt. As other reviewers and I have often asked, why isn't Willie Nile a huge star? It's baffling. One other thing about "The Innocent Ones": The photos on the outside of the CD case (by Thomas Weller) of Willie performing, and the close-up photos inside (by Cristina Arrigoni) of Willie lounging with his guitar are tremendous. Bottom line: Buy this CD. You won't be disappointed.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One Guitar - Anthem For Freedom March 6 2011
By Michael J. Raven - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is my first ever review, anywhere.

I have loved Willie's music for a while, and finally got round to seeing him last night at The Tralf in Buffalo. Why this man is not a household name is beyond me. If there is any justice in this world, this new CD of his, and 'One Guitar' in particular ought to be monsters. Just before he played 'One Guitar' he started to introduce it and to say something about what his manager had in mind .. then he stopped. Well .. if they are trying to get him to do video for MTV and YouTube, he should listen. As last night's crowd of Willie die-hards went completely bonkers to a song most of them had never heard before, I could see this video of soldiers with no guns, just one guitar, embracing arabs - Shia and Sunni alike - and all of them just jumping up and down singing "Na Na Na Na Na ...." in totally joyous abandon. OK .. I know .. far-fetched and OTT, but it really is that good a song. A total transport to happiness.

I can't recommend this CD highly enough. Not released in the US yet, but you can get it from Amazon UK, or from Willie's website.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Innocent Ones- A Must in any CD Collection Dec 29 2011
By Bill King - Published on
One way to gauge the status of a recording and or performing artist is to list contemporaries who are fans. Willie Nile can count as fans Bruce Springsteen, Jesse Malin, The Alarm , Tori Amos., Lucinda Williams and yet unless you are a `Nilehead" Nilefile" chances are you may not be familiar with Willie and that is a shame. WFUV 90.7 The Radio Station of Fordham University DJ and staff member John Platt had a series for years at New York Music venues that introduced lesser know or artist that should have more attention then they have received called `Under the Radar" that title can describe Willie perfectly but now Willie with his latest studio release THE INNOCENT ONES might finally get the attention for those that Willie was Under the Radar. The Innocent One made possible by Willie passing the hat around to fans worldwide through KICKSTARTER a site that allows musicians since the demise of the record company signing and backing artist to raise funds on there passing that hat collected just under $20,000 to fund The Innocent Ones .The collection has 11 tracks and all 11 tracks contain Willie's Kick ass stadium anthem power. The disk begins with "Singin Bell" and includes "The Innocent Ones" which is the title track there is something for everyone softer acoustic "Rich and Broken" , "Sideways Beautiful" and louder and sing along track One Guitar probably the destined to become a Rock Anthem proposing the idea that one man with One Guitar can change the world and make a difference . It not a easy task to bring Willie's powerful Rock live shows to a disk but if you put in the disk and turn it up loud and real LOUD you will get it How powerful is Willie's music ? Let's put it this way He has been known to blow the roof off venues on more than one occasion back in 2009 Bruce Springsteen played a series of shows at the home of the NFL New York Giant and New York Jets Giants Stadium Bruce invited Willie to join him on stage at 2 of those shows a few months after those guest appearances they knocked down the stadium and replaced it officials are still debating to this day if Willie had anything to do that. Take it from me purchase The Innocent Ones CD or download it you will be smiling for doing so.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Willie Nile continues his rock `n' roll hot streak Nov. 22 2011
By hyperbolium - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Willie Nile is clearly possessed by the spirit of rock `n' roll. Three albums into a renaissance that began with 2006's Streets of New York, the sixty-three-year-old singer-songwriter continues to turn out arrestingly good music. At an age that most rockers have retired, resigned themselves to oldies shows or simply turned into lesser versions of their younger selves, Nile is enriching his work with age and experience. His voice remains charged with idealistic belief, and he propels his tight band forward as he unleashes anthems, pop songs and powerful ballads.

His latest album opens at full throttle with "Singin' Bell," the drums racing, the rhythm guitars building a wall of energy and Nile singing out like a twenty-first century Woody Guthrie. His populist mission is clear when he sings "I'm a soldier marchin' in an army / Got no gun to shoot / But what I got is one guitar." It's a theme he develops through lyrics that gather the tribe and speak for unempowered. He lauds the decency of the commoner and shows pity for the insulated rich, he sings moaning Dylan-esque folk on "Sideways Beautiful," tips his hat to Buddy Holly for "My Little Girl" and rouses the spirits of 1977 punk with "Can't Stay Home."

The album's last song, a mid-tempo tune that suggests early Tom Petty, opens with the lyric "If memory were money, I would spend every penny thinking of her." It's a clever turn of phrase (as is the follow-up "If fire was her daughter, I would drink a pail of water just to kiss her"), but like most of Nile's lyrics, it's something more - it's a memorable expression of a deeply felt emotion that's turned into a shared with the listener. Shared experience is a hallmark of Nile's songwriting, and the reason his fans remain so passionate thirty years after he debuted. This album was originally released in the UK in 2010, but is just now getting the stateside push it deserves. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]

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