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Nested is the seventh studio album by Bronx-born singer, songwriter, and pianist Laura Nyro, released in 1978 by Columbia Records.
Following on from her extensive tour to promote 1976's Smile, which resulted in the 1977 live album Season of Lights, Nyro retreated to her new home in Danbury, Connecticut, where she lived after spending her time in the spotlight in New York City.
Nyro had a studio built at her home, and recorded the songs that comprised Nested there. The songs deal with themes such as motherhood and womanhood, and it is a notably more relaxed Nyro that sings on the album. The instrumentation is laidback and smooth, similar to that of Smile, but perhaps less jazz-inspired and more melodic. Nyro was assisted in production by Roscoe Harring, while Dale Ashby and Pop Ashby were chief engineers.
Critics praised the album as a melodic return to form, and Nyro supported the album with a solo tour when she was heavily pregnant with her son Gil, who was born two months after the album was released. Despite acclaim and a melodic, arguably more commercial sound, Nested was not a commercial success and became Nyro's first album since her 1967 debut More Than A New Discovery to miss the Billboard 200, then known as the Pop Albums chart.
Such was its commercial failure that for years it remained out of print, and is unquestionably Nyro's least-known and most rare studio album. After the birth of her son in August 1978, Nyro retreated once again from the limelight after a three-year return to raise her son. She would not record for another five years, and her recording pattern became increasingly intermittent. Nested is recognised as one of Laura Nyro's most underrated works.
OverviewNested is the first of two "maternal" Laura Nyro albums, and Nyro appears to revel in her new domesticity. Her marriage had broken down, but she had found love again and the sound is notably more relaxed than before.
Felix Cavaliere returns to play piano and organ on some songs, while Nyro produces with Roscoe Harring. The origins of Nyro's political and social explorations in her lyrics of the 1980s and 1990s can be traced back to Nested.
Title Time "Mr. Blue (Song of Communications)" (Nyro) 5:01 "Rhythm and Blues" (Nyro) 2:57 "My Innocence" (Nyro) 3:24 "Crazy Love" (Nyro) 4:18 "American Dreamer" (Nyro) 4:08 "Springblown" (Nyro) 4:24 "The Sweet Sky" (Nyro) 3:32 "Light" (Nyro) 2:53 "Child in a Universe" (Nyro) 4:09 "The Nest" (Nyro) 2:27
- Nested was briefly released on CD in Japan only and was out of print for many years. On April 8, 2008, it was reissued on CD in the U.S. in remastered form by Iconoclassic Records.
- It was her first album in 11 years not to make the American pop charts.
- It was her final album for more than five years, as she brought up her son, who was born two months after the album release.
- Nyro supported the album with a tour while heavily pregnant.
- Michele Kort's biography Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro (ISBN 0-312-20941-X)