Nicholas George is a true polyglot of styles on the genre-hopping “All over the Place”. EDM, country, rock, indie, pop, folk, all of this gets filtered through his own unique vision. Whatever option he chooses the true heart and soul of the album comes from the strength of his vocals. Sung with a crystal clarity every verse feels labored over, full of love. The attention to detail matters a great deal for these pieces possess some rather wonderful hooks aplenty. Rhythms collide and shift up in terms of tempo. Over the course of the journey the western twang also serves as an undercurrent to the album, one that celebrates wide open spaces.
Thanks to the wide variety of different angles taken with the album, Nicholas takes references from so many artists. For his more electro pop-based compositions, nods to the Weeknd emerge. Like the Weeknd, there is a delicacy to the synthesizer stabs he utilizes throughout much of the album With the country rock spirit, notes of contemporary country musicians adorn many of the pieces. Going even further out, he brings in moments of reggae that would make Lee “Scratch” Perry proud alongside some inspired efforts in hip-hop.
Full of love things does the opener and title track “All over the Place” such justice. A bit of a tropical flavor comes into the fray as “Boats, Beaches & Islands” features a tremendously chilled-out spirit, for it is absolutely drenched in sunlight. Incredible chords introduce the grandeur of “Take Me Back (feat. Nick Noizes)” whose anthemic presence stuns. Humor helps along the soothing “Little Ninja Turtle Road” with a nice bit of nostalgia thrown in. Drums anchor the reggae-influenced “Salt in These Wounds”. Quite expansive “Know It All by Heart (feat. Nick Noizes)” has a stadium size to it.
“So Far, so Bueno” brings in a bit of geography into it, with some nice references to the beauty of Texas. On “I Started Caring When You Stopped (feat. Nick Noizes)” opts for an economical tempo that rushes on forward. By far the highlight of the album comes from the wild and infinitely catchy “Dirty Nerdy Inked & Curvy”. A pastoral bliss makes “Heart Bank” a nice moment of contemplation. Raps run through the confessional “Fool Me Twice (feat. 7 Weaponz)”. All of it comes together on the quiet triumph and finale of “Neon Blue”.
With the aptly named “All over the Place” Nicholas George takes on a whole slew of approaches resulting in a plethora of different twists and turns featuring outright soulful narratives.