Viking's Choice: Cian Nugent, 'Lost Your Way' : All Songs Considered The Irish guitarist gets into full-blown singer-songwriter mode for his third album. The chooglin' opener "Lost Your Way" channels Richard Thompson jamming with The Velvet Underground.
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Viking's Choice: Cian Nugent, 'Lost Your Way'

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By his own admission, Cian Nugent is a restless guitarist: His instrumental compositions, both solo and with a band, sprawl and seek with a pastoral atmosphere. He's a storyteller who likes the room to let it all hang out. But on his third album, Night Fiction, Nugent embraces the singer-songwriter mode he teased with his Tiny Desk concert in 2014.

Album opener "Lost Your Way" sashays and choogles, if such a thing were possible, channeling Richard Thompson jamming with The Velvet Underground. With that soft Irish brogue and his already-proven guitar prowess, Nugent is set to slip into this mode just fine.

Night Fiction comes out Jan. 29 on Woodsist.