Damn! I got suckered by another musician telling me how “Beatle-y” their songs are and that I should listen to their album. This time, the request came from a musician/producer in Austin, TX named Andrea Perry and her album “Four“.
Hi, I’m a Beatles freak with a new album with several very Beatles influenced songs. I’d love if you’d check it out. <snip> Tracks 4, 5, 13 and 14 are the most Beatle-y. Track 1 maybe too.
Okay Andrea, I’ll be the judge of that!
There is no doubt that there is a ‘Beatle-y’ sound to many of the songs on this album…some listed in Andre’s note to me and some are not. But, I wonder how many musicians realize that going around proclaiming their music is heavily influenced by the greatest band in the world opens them up to having the entire album put under the microscope by none other than the very neurotic, anally retentive, OCD Beatles fans? And do you really want to open yourself up to that? I guess so…
The violins and cellos on the first song ‘My Lover Said’ are what trigger the Beatles-effect right from the get go and this song sets the tone for the album and I think it’s a more Beatles-esques song than – ‘Back Before There Was You’ or ‘While Spinning’.
Now, how does this album stand on its own away from it’s Fab Four fan influence? Not bad…but there was a song or two where I would have liked to have heard more layered vocals or harmonies because the lyrics seemed to become background noise to the instrumentals. And though Andrea says that track 5 – ‘While Spinning’ is Beatle-y, it sounds a lot like track 6 – ‘Where Have You Been’. There was also a part of me waiting for this album to climax and I didn’t feel like it quite did that until about track 13 -‘Welcome Home’.
But don’t take my word for it, head over to Andrea Perry‘s website and listen to it for free. If you like what you hear, the album is only $7 to download!
I’m not going to rate this album because I just don’t think it would be fair. Yes…heavy Beatles influence. Yes…the album can stand alone, but has it’s issues. How would you rate it?