In Your Eyes (Myrrh MYR 1029) 1973 UK *
The UK trio Nutshell’s original line-up was Paul Field (guitar, piano), Pam May (autoharp) and Heather Barlow (guitar). They’ve earned a few comparisons to 2nd Chapter Of Acts over the years, mainly because of their vocal harmonies, although musically their style tends to be folkier, a bit “sweeter” and (obviously) more British sounding. Their debut album wasn’t co-released in the US, but it just so happens to be their best. Although their later albums sometimes walked a fine line between “charming” and “sugary”, I don’t sense any of that here. Most of In Your Eyes has a gentle acoustic atmosphere – delicate stirring songs like ‘Snowball’, ‘Heaven Only Knows’, ‘Jesus Is Forever’, ‘Black Notes White’ and the title track are all shining examples of UK folk. Significantly heavier are ‘Stony Ground’ and ‘Most Unusual Love’ (both are well-lined with fuzz guitar), while the synth-backed ‘Living Joy’ provides an unexpected fast-paced guitar rocker. Flute and harp also make appearances, plus there’s light string orchestration on a few songs. All twelve titles written by Field. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thank you Donald for the song list and the rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||Heaven Only Knows||2:14|
|1-3||Tell Me That The Sun Will Shine Again||3:17|
|1-4||In Your Eyes||4:07|
|1-5||Jesus Is Forever||4:15|
|2-2||Most Unusual Love||3:09|
|2-5||Black Notes White||3:57|