Review: Nolan McKelvey – Forward

Twenty five years of making music shows on the record by McKelvey. An accomplished singer and songwriter, McKelvey’s flag has been firmly planted in Americana with this release. Although it can feel a little slow in places, the mastery of lyricism that McKelvey has been honing for his entire career is clear. The instrumentation is also well balanced, with violin shining through on ‘Pretending’ to lend a hand to the dark, sad story that McKelvey sets out in the lyrics. There’s fun to be found on the record, too, with ‘Tears In The Devils’ the instrumentation feels more jolly and upbeat, contrasting with McKelvey’s storied voice and the story he tells of tragedy. If you’re a fan of songs that mismatch happy backing tracks with sad lyricism, this is a song you need to listen to urgently. A touch of bluesy folk about the whole record keeps it from being too mellow and makes it an enjoyable listen the whole way through.  


To read more exclusive articles and latest news, see our last issue here.

Never miss a story… Follow us on:
Instagram: @Maverick.mag
Twitter: @Maverick_mag
Facebook: Maverick Magazine

Media Contact
Hannah Larvin, Editor, Maverick Magazine
Tel: +44 (0) 1622 823 920


Subscribe to our newsletter

Don't miss new updates on your email
Scroll to Top

We’re thrilled to announce that Maverick Magazine is now available to you through 
our exclusive FREE digital subscription! Click below to subscribe now