SEA OF APPROVAL - ANDY BULL (REVIEW) Island/Universal Records Released: July 11, 2014
It’s very rare that an album can be so encapsulating and so powerful that it can transport you to an alternate world. Sea Of Approval, is one of those albums.
Very few artists have the ability to invite the listener into entering a multitude of sentiments within 10 tracks - which Andy Bull has executed faultlessly in his latest LP, out today.
Opening with a haunting, gripping track, Just One Expression Just One Line is the start of something completely unexpected and majorly impressive - 45 minutes of a carefully constructed record that solidifies Bull’s abilities to emotionally manipulate through exceptional hooks and formidable synths.
Jumping in with a more upbeat track, Baby I Am Nobody Now presents just a small taste of how complex and effortless Bull’s capability to transform the ambience of the record - yet still adhering to his clean-cut electro-pop sound.
It is the contrasting shift from Something I Guess to Keep On Running and Talk Too Much once again shows the intricacy of Andy Bull’s art form - providing strong rhythms with even more emotionally swaying vocals.
Each carefully constructed component of Sea Of Approval manages to shift the mood and tone several times throughout, enabling the listener to endure every inch of emotion that each lyric carries. It is ridiculously easy to get emotionally attached to Sea Of Approval within the first listen, which is subjectively hard considering its heavy electro-pop nature of the record; but it is Bull’s evident passion and authenticity of his work that simultaneously presents upbeat and absurdly catchy choruses in every track.
To our national pun master - we do indeed give you a Sea Of Approval.
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