CD REVIEW: Bill Andrews - Life's Road
By: Louisely D'Amour (UK)
Label: Independent Artist
Bill Andrews has been playing and writing songs for over 35 years but this is his first CD with other musicians complimenting Bill’s guitar, harmonica and vocals. On this album he has teamed up with Art Birkett (bass guitar & piano), Brian MacDougall (percussion) and Joe Kessler (fiddle) and uses Bob McKenna as his studio man who gets a great production finish. The opening track, Marblehead Morning, was written by Bill at the tender age of 19 and is a lovely catchy number with a great energy feel about it. All the songs are well crafted and show Bill’s rich life experience in them – the CD has that feel that your favorite tunes will change each time you listen to it through.
My only criticism would be that some of the sampled sounds were poor imitations of the real thing – particularly the brass sounds on After 25 Years. It was quite distracting and detracted from an otherwise great track.
The whole CD is really catchy and the additional instruments really add to the overall sound. Bill is also a big fan of vocal harmonies and they work brilliantly throughout. This is the sort of CD that will chill you out and energize you all at the same time! A definite to throw into the CD player after a hard day at work or can be used as a brilliant backing track when chilling out with friends.
Louisely D'Amour (UK)