Pretty funky bass line. I like it. As this was the last song I listened, it was more of an outro for me. I will say that it sounds more interesting and original than the most of the album.
You And Everyone Else
The stickiest drum-bass section among all the songs. I must say that the vocal performance spoils it all for me. Intentional lack of expression is a trade mark of the Nikolai's original band and it's leading vocal, i.e. Casablancas of The Strokes. But Nikolai's version of it leaves me a bit cold. Overall: not very inventive in any sense.
3.5/5 (rhythm section increased my rating )
Back From Exile
Leading melody of the guitar is nice. Vocal keeps irritating me a bit. Think that this song has the most potential on this album, although not my favorite.
A nice folk song featuring harmonica. I like the harmonica. Even the vocal sounds less irritating here. Definitely a plus.
This Is The End
Interesting start, the most authentic Nikolai's song I heard so far on this album. The vocal is still boring, but it suits the style of the song.
Rhythm sounds just like the Strokes in early days. Mandolin is the only interesting thing in this song. Not the song I will remember.
3/5 (it would be less if there wasn't for mandolin)
Brandy of the Damned
Nice rhythm, but the song gets boring soon. To much repetition in words.
Nice relaxing guitar intermezzo in the middle of the song (of course), but really nothing special.
Where The Cold Wind Blows
I cannot feel anything authentic in this song. The melody is a little boring as it is, but most of all it's played in a really boring way. Violoncello should have had a greater role, and the piano part could have had more imagination.
Another Sunny Afternoon
Nice, sweet pop melody. Actually, refreshing after I've been bored to death with Where The Cold Wind Blows.
Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
Remake of Cohen's song, which I actually love very very much. I cannot hear any kind of new perception, new angle to a legendary song. And, to be honest, the performance is a little flat. Listening to this, with utter respect and admiration for him, I'd say: Nikolai, stick to the bass, please.
Overall rating: 3
Conclusion: Nikolai Fraiture, another member of The Strokes who decided to go solo, released The Time of the Assassins: album heavily influenced by folk and dipped in melancholy. As much as I appreciate Nikolai's work and efforts, I must say this is not a good piece.
In overall this music lacks imagination, sometimes it seams as if the team that produced the album didn't have any idea how to pack these melodies. Nikolai is a vocal disaster. As much as I adore Casablancas' disinterested phrasing, don't think that Nikolai gets anywhere when trying to reproduce that. I keep thinking if this could be solved in production.
And to finish this off: what kind of a band name is Nickle Eye?