Cheers To The Fall Andra Day
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- 1Forever Mine03:19
- 2Only Love03:24
- 4Not Today03:54
- 6Goodbye Goodnight04:27
- 8Red Flags03:48
- 9Honey Or Fire03:18
- 10Gin & Juice (Let Go My Hand)03:31
- 11Rise Up04:13
- 12City Burns04:53
- 13Cheers To The Fall03:47
Info for Cheers To The Fall
Retro-soul singer and songwriter Andra Day was performing at a store opening when she caught the attention of Kai Millard Morris, Stevie Wonder's second wife. Through Morris, then Stevie, the San Diego native met studio lifer Adrian Gurvitz, whose varied career as a side musician, leader, songwriter, and producer dates back to the late '60s. Day signed on with Gurvitz's Buskin label, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. and sessions that involved R&B giant Raphael Saadiq and Fitz & the Tantrums collaborator Chris Seefried, among others. Day's approach is similar to those of fellow 'old souls' like Amy Winehouse, Alice Smith, and Nikki Jean, though it is ultimately as distinctive as any of the three. On her traditionally styled debut, Cheers to the Fall -- for which she co-wrote every song -- she retraces the steps of a broken relationship in relation to learning from faults and moving on. The prevalence of ballads among the 13 songs can be fatiguing, but almost every selection has a distinguishing detail or two, whether it's a sly nod to a classic hip-hop artist, an unexpected place Day takes her dynamic voice, or some clever expression of heartache. Some verses are brilliantly written and elegantly phrased, such as the third one of 'Gold': 'I see the reel, now it's real to me/I gave up gold for grains of sand slipping through my hand.' Saadiq isn't the only big name who is involved. The Gurvitz and James Poyser production 'Only Love,' which has all the cinematic tension and release necessary for a James Bond theme, was made with an all-star cast that includes drummer Questlove, bassist Pino Palladino, and a load of Dap-Kings. For all the finely crafted ballads that recall mid- to late-'60s soul, it's 'Mistakes' that stands out most. It's a midtempo mover that has hints of the early-'70s proto-disco variants that came from labels like Philadelphia International and Motown, coated in a little Southern grit.
„One thought emerges upon listening to San Diego native Andra Day’s inspired debut: Oh, that voice. A little Nina Simone, a little Erykah Badu, a little Amy Winehouse, the singer arrives all Andra Day. This confident, stylish pop R&B record ushers in a sophisticated vocalist who faithfully reflects past influences while remaining contemporary and relevant. A savvy mix of big, orchestrated ballads (“Rear View”), late-night blues (“Gin and Juice” — no not Snoop’s), throwback romantic pop (“Forever Mine”), and inspiration (“Rise Up”), the set covers vast territory without losing focus. With powerful, polished vocals and jazz-influenced phrasing and intonations, Day proves remarkably expressive. The songs, produced by Raphael Saadiq among others and featuring Questlove and the Dap-Tones, are best dealing with details; all nuance evaporates when Day goes broad or relies on slogans (“Cheers to the Fall”). A noir-ish “Only Love” not only nods to “Back to Black” Winehouse, but hints that Day is primed to sing the theme for a post-“Spectre” Bond film.“ (Ken Capobianco, Boston Globe)
Produced by Adrian Gurvitz, Raphael Saadiq
has been gifted with a brassy yet alluring voice that is as powerful as it is expressive. The San Diego native attended a performing arts high school while working with various producers to develop her musical style. When a tape of a live performance found its way to Stevie Wonder, he was blown away and soon introduced her to producer/writer/musician Adrian Gurvitz of Buskin Records. Day and Gurvitz spent the next year working on her debut album with what she calls a “retro-pop-soul” sound (“a blend of jazz, soul, doo-wop, plus a little bit of rock, and hip-hop on the underbelly,” she says). In 2012, Andra posted a series of covers on YouTube, which went viral and landed her a record deal with Warner Bros. Records.
Andra has been described as “possessed by the ghost of Billie Holiday,” boasting flawless jazz chops that she can apply to her varied musical influences with equal ease. She has been looked at as a scion of the dearly departed Amy Winehouse, that longed-for singer with the voice and charisma to single-handedly inspire a rebirth of classic soul. Reflecting the LP's theme of resilience through struggle, the crown jewel of the album is the universally timeless “Rise Up,” which Andra describes as “a song about any type of relationship.” She says, “I look at all of us as brothers and sisters and a body working together. ‘Rise Up’ is saying one piece isn’t better than the other, and when one part is struggling, I’m going to help and lift you up. I will rise up with you.”
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