Streets Of New York

Streets Of New York

by Willie Nile



If early 2006 is remembered for nothing else, it will go down in history for the two greatest urban Americana albums of the 21st century to date -- Dion's Bronx in Blue and Willie Nile's Streets of New York, a swaggering braggart of a disc that is to the modern Apple everything that Lou Reed's New York was 15 years before. The opening "Welcome to My Head" sets the stage, raising the curtain on a fantasy vision of the city nightlife that sums up every dream Broadway and beyond have ever instilled in the mind of the outsider, and set to a crunchy guitar melody that is as real as the streets that stretch out from there. It might be Nile's first album in six years, but it sounds as though he's been planning it his entire life -- even the songs that slip outside of the city concept ("Asking Annie Out" is the first) share the crowded, bustling air of the more "relevant" rockers, while "The Day I Saw Bo Diddley in Washington Square" paints the scene so firmly that you'll see him, too. Even more impressively, the backing rarely motors in the directions you'd expect. Fiddles keen and a mandolin pounds, while Nile borrowed his band from as far afield as John Mellencamp and Rosanne Cash. Further captivating imagery spills from "Faded Flower of Broadway," celebrating a primitivist artist who still sells her paintings on the street at 80 years of age and, though it's a cover, a pounding "Police on My Back," purposefully cut in rent-a-Clash mode as a tribute to Joe Strummer, and just as powerful as its illustrious forbear. One song steps away from New York entirely -- the impossibly eerie "Cell Phones Ringing (In the Pockets of the Dead)" was written following the Madrid train bombings of March 2004. Of course, there's barely a soul in the city who won't be able to identify with the emotion that lies behind the lyrics, or the nightmare scenario that peels out around them. But that is not the only song on this album that one could say that about; indeed, if you haven't been to New York recently, Nile might just have saved you the fare. Streets of New York is that powerful.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/21/2006
Label: Lunaticworks Inc
UPC: 0801190123223
catalogNumber: 1232

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Willie Nile   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Frankie Lee   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Background Vocals
Bruce Brody   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Andy Burton   Organ,Piano
Larry Campbell   Fiddle,Mandolin,Cittern
Jakob Dylan   Background Vocals
Rob Hyman   Keyboards,Toy Piano,Hammond B3
Rami Jaffee   Hammond Organ
Stewart Lerman   Electric Guitar
Brian Mitchell   Wurlitzer
Andy York   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Mellotron
Brad Albetta   Electric Bass,Bass Guitar,Acoustic Bass
Richard Pagano   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Eddie Nystrom   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Frankie Lee   Producer
Willie Nile   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Michael Golub   Engineer
Rich Lamb   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Andy York   Producer,Audio Production
Jeff Fasano   Cover Photo
Brian Fulk   Engineer
Izmore   Engineer
Brad Albetta   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Richard Pagano   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Victoria Collier   Art Direction
John O. Senior   Keyboard Engineer

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Streets Of New York 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great album that should be played on the radio, at bars, from opened windows. Drive down the road and listen to the words. A great story teller, a weaver of tales, Willie is so succinct brings everything to give meaning to each song.Willie Nile has paid his dues in overtime.Streets of New York is simply brilliant. Well done Willie, well done indeed.