The EP starts with its title track. The gentle, piano-based Hands is a good introduction to the music of Nick Maguire. Cleverly composed music and well-written lyrics make a song that is sensitive and intimate. Nick Maguire perfoms it straight from the heart with pure emotion.
Arianna might be the best song on this 5-piece. The catchy, acoustic song will stick in your head and before you know it, you’ll be singing along. This song might be a good step to help Nick Maguire get the attention he most definitely deserves.
Ocean of Ones
We hear a slightly more melancholic, folk-influenced sound on Ocean of Ones, which isn’t the strongest track on this EP. Lyrically I think it’s quite strong, but Nick’s vocals don’t sound as strong on this one as they did on the two previous tracks. Also musically it fails to really spark the listener.
I absolutely adore Medicine Wheel. Nick Maguire shows his strength as a musician and storyteller on this folky pop song. The vocals are absolutely crystal and he performs this acoustic song with passion and confidence and shows he’s a very talented musician on the rise.
The EP ends with Reinventing Lingo, which is another very good song. The guitar kinda works like a gentle stream that carries your little boat along for this interesting musical journey. The compassion and gentleness in the vocals give this song extra emotion. A strong end to a strong EP.
While there are some areas in which this young singer/songwriter can grow and improve himself, the Hands EP shows that Nick Maguire has all the right qualities. He’s a sensitive balladeer with a gift for writing songs and telling stories through those songs. With a good debut like this EP more will be in store for him.