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"Still Learning Tricks - Buy this CD. Dale Nikkel is an artist who deserves your 20 bucks for writing such smart songs. The music is soft, quite, gentle and easy to listen to. Good musicianship. The lyrics are catchy, witty and insightful. Much more engaging than most of the new breed of quiet sensitive singer songwriters like Damien Jurado, etc. I put him in a league with Mark Erelli for heartfelt, well crafted lyrics. Enjoy! If you get a chance to see him live, do it. He is an entertainer as much as a singer songwriter. Smart."
-Amazon.com Customer Review

" I remember hearing Gordon Lightfoot for the first time and thinking, wow, this guy is something special. There was a warmth there missing in many of the standard folk artists' songs and it reached through the speakers and made a connection. So it is with Dale Nikkel, and before you go blogging your head off, understand that I am not comparing Nikkel to Lightfoot musically, they live in different musical realms, on the whole, but they do both project a common sense of humanity. You can hear it in their voices, you can hear it in their music. So let me say this simply: Dale Nikkel the musician is something special....this CD is a folk fanatic's dream. You can quote me."
-Frank Gutch Jr., Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange, Acoustic Music.com (USA)

The easy cadence of Paul Simon colors the voice of Canada's Dale Nikkel on his latest release, Passages. Lyrics vary from brand-new families ("These Are the Glory Days") to backpacking adventures ("Heathrow") to relationships both good ("Any Day") and bad ("Worrying's My Way of Loving You"). Jangly acoustic guitars provide the sonic foundation while electric lines and soulful organ add subtle melodic touches. The whole album is terrific, but if we had to pick a favorite, it would be "Everybody Knows How to Pet a Dog". Nikkel's half-spoken lyrics about his dog Moppy morph into a look at his own life: "I wish I could run that fast, I wish I could jump that high / If I was only that forgiving I wouldnt be asking why". Contemporary folk fans, this ones a must-have.
-Performing Songwriter (USA)

"Peripatetic Prairies-born and raised troubadour, teacher, freelance writer and raconteur Nikkel lives these days in Kitchener, Ont., but the work on Passages is informed by a life out west and up north, by bigger spaces, bigger times and bigger hearts from a well-remembered past. An engagingly personal performer whose pop-hooked story songs benefit from cleverly laid out acoustic guitar, keyboards and rhythm section arrangements, Nikkel sounds on this recording as if he's singing in your ear in a small and comfortable room. Strong melodies and an affirming world view draw the listener toward a voice that is pleasant, strong and, even on the handful of up-tempo tunes, never too assertive."
-Greg Quill, The Toronto Star

"...This album is all heart without any cheese or self absorbed filler and who's stellar production is maintained throughout...Passages is about as good as any independent singer songwriter album can get."
-Penguin Eggs Magazine (Canada's Folk Music Magazine)

"...Nikkel bares his soul and pins his heart on his sleeve and does so while dispensing insights, emotions and captivating images in streams of poetic beauty."
-Peter North, Edmonton Journal Music Writer/CKUA Music Director

"...Dale Nikkel has a special gift for lyrics that can raise the hairs on your neck. Check opening cut These Are the Glory Days for an example. Worrying's My Way of Loving You is another example as Nikkel uses a nice falsetto to add delicacy to words..."
-Uptown Magazine Winnipeg

"Right from the first track, Dale Nikkel's warm vocals and tasteful guitar work blend superbly with honest, personable lyrics which resonate universal themes of the human condition. With memorable chorus lines and an excellent complement of players, Passages is a recording which will reach across generations of listeners."
-Doug Gibson, CKWR (Waterloo, Ontario)

"a folk pop treasure ... James Taylor fans will swoon"
-Saskatoon Star-Phoenix

"...a true voice of the prairies."
See Magazine, Edmonton, AB

"...in many ways the walking definition of a 'sensitive singer-songwriter', but that's a good thing. Nikkel has an ability to speak from the heart."
Peter North, The Edmonton Journal

"Dale Nikkel's Still Learning Tricks is a slice of Canadiana. Tastey and wholesome, it combines the talent of musicians, visual artists, friends, family, and prairie dwellers alike."
-Stylus Magazine

"Dale Nikkel's CD, "Still Learning Tricks", has set a new standard for prairie folk-pop. The songwriting is mature and insightful, the production is sophisticated, subtle, and supportive of the song, and the packaging is a wonderful fusion of art and poetry. There is a quiet attention to detail in all aspects of this project that clearly indicates to me that Dale Nikkel has mastered his craft."
-David Ward, CKUA Radio

"Picture half-frozen strangers huddling around a bus stop, a senior sitting alone on a park bench, or a lover's embrace. All these scenes come alive in Dale Nikkel's captivating CD Still Learning Tricks."
-Edmonton Journal

"Loaded with natural talent"
-Stylus Magazine

"a sweet record"
-Uptown Winnipeg

"A naturally gifted songwriter and storyteller"
-the Daily Graphic, Portage

"Refreshing... One more reason to miss the age of vinyl"
-Penguin Eggs Magazine

"much too young to be writing songs with that wisdom"
-Andy Donnelly, The Celtic Show, AB

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