Review: Andy Grammer, Magazines or Novels

August 1, 2014 6:42 PM

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Review: Andy Grammer, Magazines or Novels

Three years after his self-titled, 2011 debut album Andy Grammer, Grammer is back with Magazines or Novels, a smashing sophomore album with eleven tracks of varied music perfect for road trips, beach days, and anywhere in between. Continuing with Grammer's recurring theme of hip-hop production in sync with singer-songwriter charm, Magazines or Novels serves as a perfect complement. Slated for release by S-Curve Records on Aug. 5, Magazines or Novels does not disappoint, simply-put.

Weighing beats and rhythm permeate each track, an emphasis often lacking in contemporary vocal-heavy pop music. In ways reminiscent of John Mayer's earlier work, Andy Grammer focuses on, in Magazines or Novels' best songs, sustained vocals and rhythmic, ambient music. At times Grammer's voice channe...

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