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Inoffensive, happy pop,
This review is from: Company (Audio CD)
Company is essentially just inoffensive, moody pop as the cover suggests, it depicts Burrows in a brooding manner, posed in black and white for a morose effect. The musical side of things is fairly depressing with its soft acoustic guitars, mellow piano accompaniments and Andy Burrows' comforting voice that croons forlornly throughout.
Title track `Company' and `Shaking The Colour' are huge nods to Burrows' I Am Arrows days and their sound is almost identical to any track from Sun Comes Up Again. However, `Maybe You' is a delightful number featuring bells, tambourines and other interesting percussion which keeps the steady beat throughout. Burrows' gorgeous voice layers over the top in a beautiful melody and towards the end comes a 30 second jazz interlude. This features clarinet, brass and piano instruments amongst others which all at one point take centre stage providing an exceedingly charming twist to Burrows' usual guitar pop.
`Hometown' is a triumphant track full of swelling strings and emphatic drum beats which showcases Burrows' rich, deep vocals whereas `Because I Know That I Can' is cutesy folk, complete with wispy falsetto and a higher than high harmony line. `Somebody Calls Your Name' is one to listen out for as it has a solid hook that's bound to capture the public's heart. `Pet Air' begins with a slightly off-key acoustic guitar and vocals before tambourines, harmonies and swirling strings are added. Andy Burrows is making good music there's no doubt about it, it just doesn't break any boundaries.
Company is an attractive combination of mature vocals and folk inspired melodies that won't fail to charm. In some respects this album seems good, very good, in fact it has all the components of a respectable album and more. But some may argue it's just not adventurous enough to make something of itself. Andy Burrows has been sticking to the same formula throughout all his projects and this album is nothing new. The thing is, it really doesn't need to be, it's great as it is.