Andy White: Songwriter

~ Thursday, 23 July 2009
There are few artists that can command such loyalty from their fans, but then the affable Irishman is not your run of the mill songwriter. This is White's first album in 4 years, the follow up to the patchy Garageband, and we're glad to report a return to form. Recorded in Australia, England, Canada and America, it is produced by Andy himself with the help of the legendary John Leckie.

If You Want It and First and Discovery are perhaps the two tracks that grab you first, mainly due to the additional vocal interaction from Allison Russell, but it is on the more uptempo tracks where White excels. Take Me Home drives along paying homage to his native Ireland, sounding like the Saw Doctors playing Bluegrass while the Honky Tonk of Twelve String Man is foot tappingly infectious.

The Valley Of My Heart and I Believe are classic Andy White, harking back to albums like Kiss The Big Stone and Out There.

This is a welcome addition to his already considerable catalogue of albums and while maybe not his best is perhaps his most accessible to date. A good introduction to a national treasure.

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Listen to Andy White: If You Want It