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Andy Richards - Album Review: Shine On

05 Sep 2016 // A review by mciver29

Shine On is the second album release for Warkworth based singer/song writer Andy Richards and is testament to the NZ DIY ethic. Shine On was recorded over a year at a friend's home studio, free of stress and the pressures of working to a budget and time frame.


Upon my first listen I caught quite a few influences, namely Justin Townes Earl and Jack Johnson with a touch of Elemeno P. The horn section featured throughout Shine On was pinched from another Kiwi act, Strangely Arousing, and in that comes my reference to Townes Earl. They share a very similar vibe though perhaps not as filled with the quiet angst Townes Earl captures.


It's also refreshing to know that real horn players were used in the recording, as much as it can be easy to fool listeners with programmed horns you just can't beat the imperfections that come with real players and instruments.

Shine On features 10 well put together pop tracks with a lot of attention given to the song arrangements, the horn section is a noted success. Not one to normally be a fan of horn sections in pop music I can easily say it's been worked in really thoughtfully.

Shine On is ideally for fans of artists such as Jack Johnson, Donovan Frankenreiter and Justin Townes Earl. It's light, poppy and sincere – a good summer addition to the collection if you're down with the softer side of music.
Maybe a G & T outside by the BBQ is the appropriate setting.

I can't say I had a stand out track, they all sit well together and the album flows well so my lack of a "stand out" isn't a bad thing.


About Andy Richards

Having been in various bands for the last 10 years, Andy Richards is now embarking on a solo career with many musician pals helping out. His catchy, intricate songs are a mixture of 60's & 70's tunes and modern Pop Rock. With an impressive live show and a growing fanbase, things are looking good!

So, ladies and gentlemen, come see a live show, grab a CD, keep in contact and join the parade... THE ANDY RICHARDS PARADE.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Andy Richards


Year: 2019
Type: Album
Shine On
Year: 2016
Type: Album
Acoustic Bombs
Year: 2014
Type: EP
Year: 2013
Type: Album
The Music
Year: 2011
Type: EP

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