You I Wind Land & Sea

You I Wind Land & Sea

by Justin NozukaJustin Nozuka


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Justin Nozuka's sophomore effort is a warm and soft but hardly subtle set of love songs, songs that are wistful and soul-searching and fall somewhere between Jeff Buckley and David Gray. What's surprising is the singer had just turned 21 as the album saw release, and yet he holds his own amongst his pop-chart-meets-coffee house competition by playing up youth's pros (a heart still wide open, not jaded at all) and playing down the cons (no puppy love or irresponsible relationships here). His distinguishing characteristic is right there in the album's title as everything Nozuka communicates is big, deep, and fervent. Breakups leave him a "Soulless Man" and the world is filled with "Hollow Men" while his own "heart beats fast with tenderness," which is underlined by acoustic guitar and plaintive cello. Not sensible mood music, but this heart-on-the-sleeve stuff isn't fluff, both as Nozuka's soulful voice adds enough depth to take him seriously, and when he marries Justin Timberlake-like attitude with Van Morrison-like vamping on the hooky "Carried You," it's downright filling. Widening the spectrum are a couple bluesy numbers that add needed grit plus the leadoff single "My Heart Is Yours" which effectively employs some gospel choir vocals to drive its passionate point home.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/13/2010
Label: Glassnote
UPC: 0892038002268
catalogNumber: 111
Rank: 135362

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Justin Nozuka   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Gabe Dixon   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Rique Franks   Background Vocals
Colina Phillips   Background Vocals
Kevin Fox   Cello
Diego las Heras   Percussion
Karen Graves   Violin
Kathryn Sugden   Violin
Eric Paetkau   Viola
Sharon Lee Williams   Background Vocals
Anthony Lavdanski   Bass
Alex Tanas   Drums
Mark Pellizzer   Guitar,Piano,Wurlitzer

Technical Credits

Kevin Fox   String Arrangements
Christian Bridges   Composer
Justin Nozuka   Composer,Lyricist
Henry Nozuka   Composer,Lyricist
Filip Matovina   Paintings
Alex Tanas   Cover Photo
Mark Pellizzer   Composer

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