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MP3 Andrew - A Beautiful Story

Classic pop melodies with real strings; file under baroque pop.

14 MP3 Songs
POP: California Pop, ROCK: 60''s Rock

The debut album by andrew is a lush and whimsical gem, filled with superb songs.

Here''s what the critics said:

Andrew is Andrew Sandoval, the 28-year-old wunderkind...his 1997 EP, Million Dollar Movie, was a five-years-in-the-making gem, five beautifully catchy and heartfelt
orchestral pop songs with enough winsome vocals, baroque orchestrations,plaintive minor-key melodies and lyrical heartache to be a long-lost follow-up to the first Bee Gees album. With full orchestral arrangements by soundtrack composer Roger Neill and an all-star guest list including Peter Holsapple, Jon Brion, Ric Menck, Danny Benair and Probyn Gregory, A Beautiful Story is simply gorgeous to listen to. Echoes of not just the Bee Gees, but the
Left Banke, the Hollies, the Zombies and the first couple Nilsson albums abound here, but what''s remarkable about A Beautiful Story is that it''s not merely the sum of its influences.

The first-person lyrics focus almost exclusively on the downside of love("Unrequited Life" is probably the key song title), and in this context, the hints of folk-rock guitar or sunshine-pop harmonies gain an emotional heft...A Beautiful Story [is] an exquisite orchestral-pop song
cycle and one of the best ''60s-derived pop records since Matthew Sweet''s In Reverse. –Stewart Mason

A 14-track song cycle with full orchestral accompaniment and heavy-hitting support Andrew Sandoval''s debut album boasts guest spots from Peter Holsapple (dBs), John Convertino (Calexico), Probyn Gregory (The Wondermints), and Dan Schwartz (Sheryl Crow) - and that''s even without mentioning the co-producers, engineers and arrangers. No wonder A Beautiful Story sounds like the apex of a career rather than a beginning...singer/songwriter Sandoval has created a themed collection of perfect-pop ballads about unrequited love. - Paul Johnson

Alternative Press:
Who? Singer/songwriter Andrew Sandoval and guests galore.
Sounds like: A 14 track song cycle of big, beautiful orchestral pop, full of harpsichords, harmoniums, cellos and Chamberlains.
How Is It? Superb. If you listened with a blindfold on, you might be convinced this was an unreleased follow-up to Pet Sounds.
Kindred spirits: The Left Banke, mid-period Kinks, Beach Boys.

Tales From the Fuzztone Jungle
The New California Sound
By Luke Torn

Are we on the verge of a pure pop renaissance? Are the classics-as set down by the Beach Boys, the Byrds, Love, the Turtles, the Buffalo Springfield, and countless more -being reinterpreted, reinvented, for the new millennium? Judging by the uniform excellence of these records, the power pop underground is growing up!

After a handful of singles and an EP, California pop wunderkind Andrew Sandoval finally releases his first long-player, and it''s a masterpiece. Built upon a foundation of ''60s influenced folk/pop, A Beautiful Story is a dazzling display that pretty much buries most similarly minded neo-classicist popsters. Neither empty nostalgia nor blatant imitation, this record inexplicably extends the sonic legacy set forth by the Zombies'' Odessey & Oracle and the Beach Boys'' Pet Sounds and dozens of other ''60s icons), not only through the strength of the songwriting, but with its gorgeous orchestral pop arrangements and Sandoval''s uncanny melodic grandeur...Sandoval here zeroes in on the feel, the emotional undertow, of classic pop, and punctuates his songs (most of them centered on love in all its permutations) accordingly with harmonium, harpsichord, a myriad of keyboards, cello, and lots of 12-string guitar. His sandy voice, reminiscent of Chris Stamey and King of America-era Elvis Costello, suits the alternately joyful and melancholic material like a glove. The entire sweep of the album will get under your skin - though certain numbers, like the remarkable "Unrequited Life" and the towering baroque mind meld of "Dream About You"- with the wicked dancing harpsichord -clearly stand out. "Wondering," with its majestic grand piano movement - which segues into an astounding harmonium sequence-is sublime. If this is the direction underground pop music is headed, we''re all in for quite a ride. Note: Lots of familiar faces pitch in-Peter Holsapple and various musicians associated with Velvet Crush, Calexico, the Three O''clock, the Wondermints, etc.

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