It’s no secret I’m a “words” kind of guy. I’ll take strong lyrics over anything else every time, and the Nim Nims deliver in spades with lyrics that are catchy and clever; poignant without being heavy-handed.
“I was a hipster, you were a hippie” may not sound like the opening of a literary masterpiece, but the tune goes on to paint a familiar and charming picture of twenty-somethings struggling for identity while awkwardly going through the motions in coffee shops, campuses and bars. In less skilled hands, this would be a cliché, but the boys breathe life into it so that I would dare anyone “of a certain age” to hear it and NOT smile wistfully. Perhaps it takes another 20 years of living to appreciate the wonder of being 20, but the band has genuinely captured a slice of life in this track.
There are six more tracks on this album, and I have run out of time and space to tell you how great they all are, so I suppose it is hackneyed metaphor time. It is like a box of chocolates, minus the god-awful coconut-filled travesties. You never know what you’re going to get, but every track is a winner.
Overall the album has (to me) a very ’90s feel, and that isn’t a bad thing at all. The ’90s produced some truly phenomenal music, and I suspect that the boys in the band drew some inspiration from that period of musical history.
Fortunately for you, dear reader, the Nim Nims are still one of the most popular and active bands in the area, so catching a live show should be no problem. Their discography is widely available online. Frankly, I can’t wait to see what they do next.