Guardian: Timothy Andres "Unquestionably a Distinctive Talent"; Four Stars for "Shy and Mighty"
Shy and Mighty, Timothy Andres's debut album, receives four stars from the Guardian. "Andres is unquestionably a distinctive talent, with a fine teasing ear for texture and harmony," reads the review. Even with influences from Adams and Reich to Beethoven and Mahler heard on Shy and Mighty, "It all coheres ... and glides across stylistic boundaries in a totally unselfconscious way."
Shy and Mighty, Timothy Andres's debut album, recently released on Nonesuch, receives four stars in today's Guardian. "Andres is unquestionably a distinctive talent, with a fine teasing ear for texture and harmony," writes Guardian reviewer Andrew Clements.
While John Adams's influence is certainly felt on Shy and Mighty and has been noted, both by other reviewers and by Andres himself, Clements hears references to other Nonesuch label mates as well—"more Steve Reich than Philip Glass"—and other greats of the 20th century, even the Romantic masters of the 19th century and gospel.
"It all coheres though," Clements insists, "and glides across stylistic boundaries in a totally unselfconscious way."
Read the complete album review at guardian.co.uk. To pick up a copy of the Shy and Mighty CD with audiophile-quality, 320 kbps MP3s of the album included at checkout, head to the Nonesuch Store.
Friday, March 17, 2017Friday, March 17, 2017Conor Oberst's Album "Salutations" Out Now; Full-Band Recordings with The Felice Brothers, Jim Keltner, Special Guests
Conor Oberst's new album, Salutations, is out now. The album, a companion to 2016's lauded Ruminations, comprises full-band versions of the ten tunes from that solo album plus seven additional songs. Salutations was recorded with The Felice Brothers, legendary drummer Jim Keltner, who co-produced the album, and special guests. "The results are quite simply sublime," says Sunday Express. "This is songwriting of the very highest quality, Oberst’s lyrics rarely less than astonishing. Wonderful." It "works exceedingly well," raves Q. "Both retaining the spirit of the original yet also transcending it, this was a risk worth taking." "Salutations is an absolute treat," exclaims Drowned in Sound. The Independent says it's "probably the best work of the singer’s career."
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Rhiannon Giddens's new album, Freedom Highway, was released on Friday to great critical acclaim. Giddens spent the day at Sing Sing prison, working with and performing for inmates as a part of Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program. "Giddens is an immensely talented singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with the instincts of a musical historian," says WFUV, which named Freedom Highway its New Dig of the week. "On this new collection, she expertly and powerfully tells the stories of those who could not and bears witness to their struggle ... Freedom Highway is welcome, relevant and important." The Los Angeles Times says: "It’s a powerful collection made all the more visceral by the stripped-down instrumental accompaniment around full-force-gale vocals in big moments, and delicate pleadings when songs are at their most intimate."