Nick Dakota – Vision
Impressive. Unique. Memorable.
Those are the thoughts that first come to mind when thinking of Nick Dakota. Playing in bands since he was 16 years old, the 30 year old from Holland, MI is itching to take Nashville by storm with his debut album Vision. He worked with the likes of L. Hengber and S. Williams to write some of his best songs.
His two singles, Sledgehammer and How Cool Is That, are instant country hits. I love the guitar riffs, unique beats, Nick’s voice and the overall upbeat arrangement of the song. I could definitely hear his songs being played alongside the likes of Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Toby Keith.
There are definitely some elements of rock incorporated into an authentic country style. Sledgehammer definitely made an instant impression on me. The lyrics are fun, catchy and interesting. There is a lot of rock ‘n roll roughness to Dakota’s voice throughout this song but still maintains the grit of a country singer. I thoroughly enjoyed the arrangement.
Nick Dakota showcases his story telling ability lyrically with How Cool Is That. I loved the positive, strong light he paints of females in this song. It’s another catchy, fun and interesting tune. His voice sounds smooth and sultry as he shows a slightly softer side to his voice in this song.
A few other songs off of Vision I really enjoyed include How Much I Love You which is a great love song, Deep End which really showcases his amazing musicianship as a guitar player, and Rain Down Sunshine which was just such a fun, unique song so different from the others. The album as a whole is really worth taking a moment to listen to.
At this rate, I don’t think Nick Dakota will have any issues making a good, memorable impression on the country music world.