Andy Grammer

Andy Grammer

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by Andy Grammer
     
 
Having made his mark with his single "Keep Your Head Up," which stormed the AC and Adult Top 40 charts, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Andy Grammer follows up with a full-length self-titled album of more of the same. Grammer is nothing if not ingratiating, constructing infectious pop
ock arrangements and singing lyrics of love in his bouncy tenor. He borrows

Overview

Having made his mark with his single "Keep Your Head Up," which stormed the AC and Adult Top 40 charts, Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Andy Grammer follows up with a full-length self-titled album of more of the same. Grammer is nothing if not ingratiating, constructing infectious pop
ock arrangements and singing lyrics of love in his bouncy tenor. He borrows lightly from hip-hop in the music and reveals the influence of rap in the vocals, coming up with lots of lyrics and internal rhymes. But there is also the echo of jazzy vocalese, so that he's far closer to Michael Franks than to any rapper. In fact, his closest antecedent may be John Mayer, that is, the John Mayer of "Your Body Is a Wonderland," not the John Mayer intent on proving he has guitar chops like Jimi Hendrix. Grammer basically wants to make musical catnip for a female audience, usually directing himself to a significant other and singing words of encouragement and affection. Even when things don't seem to be going so well (and it's hard to imagine why) in, for instance, "You Should Know Better," he is calling his respondent "the one I love" and assuring her, "I still believe in you." And if, despite this, she still dumps him, in "Miss Me," he feels certain she will come back. In "Ladies," Grammer explains that he has come by his honeyed message for all females by heeding what he was told by his mother, and he freely tells all women within earshot, "You are beautiful, you don't even have to try." It seems likely that a significant number of them won't be able to resist his charms. He closes the album with "Biggest Man in Los Angeles," a typically sunny reminiscence of his days busking the streets of his hometown. Rosy as he makes it sound, he probably isn't going to have to do that again.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/14/2011
Label:
S-Curve Records
UPC:
0807315160227
catalogNumber:
51602
Rank:
4511

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Grammer   Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Vince Jones   Keyboards
Davey Faragher   Bass
Victor Indrizzo   Percussion,Drums
Matt Wallace   Percussion,Loops
Andrew James   Bass
Mike Baker   Drums
Kevin Haaland   Guitar
Sam Hollander   Percussion
Nir Z.   Drums
Matt Beck   Guitar
Martin Smith   Violin,Viola
Matt Radosevich   Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
Chris Soper   Guitar,Piano,Clavinet
Rich Jacques   Guitar
Steve Shebby   Bass
Will Gramling   Keyboards
Jesse Singer   Bass,Percussion,Drums,Clavinet,Hammond B3
Zach Lucas   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Nick S.S. Banns   Strings,Violin,Cello,Viola
Stefan Litrownik   Drums
Barrett Yeretsian   Synthesizer,Piano,Drums
Kevin Hastings   Keyboards
Matt Warshauer   Bass
Joel Gonzalez-Viera   Trumpet
Zach Randolph   Bass
Rosh Roslin   Guitar
Nick Cassarino   Guitar
Jacob Fatoorechi   Electric Guitar
Bella Woods   Cello

Technical Credits

Vince Jones   Engineer
Pete Martinez   Engineer
John O'Brien   Programming
Matt Wallace   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Steve Greenwell   Engineer
Lion's Share   Producer,Engineer
Rafael Serrano   Pro-Tools
Josh Newton   Art Direction
Sam Hollander   Programming
Sean Gould   Programming,Engineer
Matt Radosevich   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
S*A*M   Producer
Dave Katz   Programming
Sluggo   Producer
Steve Greenberg   Additional Production
Adam Pallin   Programming,Producer
Will Kennedy   Engineer
Aris Archontis   Engineer
Barrett Yeretsian   Producer,Engineer
Ben Singer   Management
Justin Baldoni   Director
Ahmed Musiol   Engineer

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Andy Grammer 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
drewluvr1 More than 1 year ago
Most CDs I buy have at least one song I skip when listening to, but not this one. I can listen to Andy Grammer's self-titled debut all the way through without even thinking about wanting to skip a song. Quite a few of his songs are so catchy they will get stuck in your head. My favorite songs on the album are You Should Know Better, Slow, Fine By Me, and Miss Me. Not only does he have a good voice, but he also has great lyrics. You can tell Andy Grammer is a very positive person listening to this album.
Mapdancer More than 1 year ago
Absolutely wonderful, down-to-earth, soul felt songs. Some make you happy, others just make you think and enjoy them.
AnthonyIsABigAndyFan More than 1 year ago
Sick of the synths, tired of the autotune and people not actually having talent at all? Than Andy is the guy for you. Andy Grammer has not failed to deliver. If you like John Mayer, Jason Mraz, The Fray or Maroon 5. From the frist track and first single of this album Keep Your Head Up it boasts the positive message of staying positive even when times get hard which was written one day after Andy did not sell any C.Ds when he was still performing on the Santa Monica Promenade. This album continues with the second track Fine By Me another upbeat track that talks about going through a relationship, with lyrics like "It's fine by me if you never leave." Some other stand out tracks on this album are Miss Me, which is featured on his EP and a single of the week on iTunes. This is a song about a broken relationship where Grammer is telling the one who hurt him how she'll eventually regret it one day. The track Miss Me is full of loud guitars and soaring vocals. Don't worry, it gets better, tacks like Slow talk about Andy looking to start a relationship with someone who has been hurt but promising her that he won't be the same so that's why they shouldn't take it slow. His voice is fantastic in this song and the music is incredible. You Should Know Better is another track about a failed relationship but it is not negative in the least and will help any broken heart recover. Lunatic was written by Andy when everyone was telling him that his dreams were pointless. The lyrics are "you can do this, you are not a lunatic, crazy would be changing your mind." This is a song for anyone who feels like they need to give up on their dreams but this will reassure them that you shouldn't give up no matter what. Another stand out track on this album is Ladies, which was written for his mother who passed away in 2007 from breast cancer. He wrote the song to show how guys need to respect women which is something his mom told him he had to do before she died. This one of the few songs out there that has such a strong message as this one. A really awesome track to conclude the album is Biggest Man in L.A which Andy wrote on the street about all of the things he witnessed and how when he would play and the crowd would gather around him that he felt like the biggest man in L.A. Hope this review will persuade you to purchase this album!