Andy Grammer hasn’t hit complete stardom just yet. But previous hits of his like “Fine By Me” and “Keep Your Head Up” in 2011 launched him a bit closer than he was before. Having seen him live (and actually gotten the chance to meet him in person), I was actually pretty excited about his new album Magazines Or Novels. It was just one of those things that I needed to be in the time and mood to listen to.
From the moment that I put the album on, I was pleasantly surprised at how upbeat and unique the music sounded. “Honey, I’m Good” is a surprisingly upbeat and even funny song that grabs your attention and makes you smile. Whatever the lead single “Back Home” had prepared me for, this obviously wasn’t it.
“Pushing” was also a very nice change in pace, and some of the sound effects and how his voice weaves in and out of the beat just creates this increasing feeling of building energy. I think that’s what I like most about Andy Grammer; his voice and the way that it blends in with the music and just amplifies every song.
Songs like “Forever” and “Back Home” are enjoyable ones, but not ones that I can promise that I’ll always crank the radio up for if they were to come on. Even in these songs, the talent is very noticeable. “Forever” reminds me a lot of his previous song “Build Me A Girl” in the way that it sounds and even the subject content. It’s very similar, to the point where it’s hard to tell in what areas the artist has grown
But there has been growth, even if it’s just lyrically. The sound and style changes at times as well, but at the core it’s still the positive pop sound derived from different elements of different genres, with vocal lead-melodies. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The positive message is very refreshing, actually, and the first thing that comes to mind is that it’s what a younger audience should be listening to. Though it’s helpful to the older audiences as well.
In the end, there are quite a few favorites on this album, but the album as a whole is something that I’ll probably just refer back to repeatedly on Spotify.