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Rivers of Stars

by Andrea Perry

This will easily end up being one of the best pop albums of 2006.-babysue.com, October 2006
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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2. Leaves of October
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3. Broken Heart
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4. Don't You Still Want Me
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5. It's in the Way
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6. Take Me Where the Lions Roar
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7. This Little Time
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8. Never Knew
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9. Reservoir
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10. Soul Cries
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11. Let's Not Go Out Tonight
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12. Day Moon
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rivers of Stars (Fall 2006) is the moody follow-up to the critically acclaimed Saturday Morning Sweet Shoppe (2001) and Two (2002). The atmosphere of Rivers of Stars is more nocturnal, autumnal, warm, and romantic than the previous albums. Lyrics tend toward themes of yearning, escape, loss, existential curiousity and woe, but usually carry at least a hint of optimism. The melodies and harmonies are rich, soaring and full of longing. Instrumentation is acoustic and electric guitar-centric, with acoustic piano appearing on most tracks, and a synth coming in and out on ocassion. The album begins with a few slow songs, builds up to a more perky middle section, and then slows again, ending with a psychedelic cosmic lullaby.

Perry again serves as producer, arranger, engineer, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and lyricist. This time around she gets some help with lyrics on 4 songs from Ohio State University professor/poet S.D. Lishan. Exquisite drummer Chris Searles (Shawn Colvin, David Garza) plays drums and percussion.

If you have not heard the songs from Perry's previous albums, no doubt you have unknowingly heard her instrumental music and/or songs in some of the dozens of national TV and radio commercials, PSAs and video games for which she has written, including Ikea, Pillsbury, Build-a-Bear Workshop, Sonic, WalMart, Schlotzsky's, The Humane Society, Kinko's, Consumer's Union, Haagan Dazs, Dreyer's, Folgers, Daisy Sour Cream, Hasbro, Mattel, THQ, Nickelodeon, Knowledge Adventure, Campaign to Protect America's Lands, Texas Lottery, Ohio Lottery, Texas Department of Health, Texas Department of Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, etc.
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Pure Beauty
It all begins with her voice. I can only think of a handful of contemporary indie-pop acts that feature such otherworldly, chilling beautiful vocals. James Mercer of the Shins. Zach Rogue of Rogue Wave. Elliott Smith. Andrea Perry joins this group of singers...those who refrain from over-emoting, and feel no need dazzle the listener with vocal gymnastics (like the guy from Train, the Maroon 5 dude or any garden variety R&B diva). In other words, Andrea Perry sings beautifully and expressively, and makes it all sound so effortless and transcendent. Her voice draws the listener in so intimately, yet floats around the room ethereally...That's a pretty rare talent indeed.

But that's only the tip of the iceberg...or point of entry, perhaps, to her dazzling talents. She's basically a one-woman supergroup: a gifted songwriter, arranger, instrumentalist, engineer, and producer. On "Rivers of Stars", her third album, she has reached a new height in each of these disciplines, not to mention that intangible-of-all-intangibles: Artistry. She makes it all work; not just as a sum of parts, but as a whole.

So enough generalization. What does it sound like? Andrea's songs have the indelible Andy Partridge - Paul McCartney - Elliott Smith melodic stamp, and her recordings feature the concisely crafted production of the best works of each of the above. Some songs (Fly, Leaves of October) have the hushed secrecy of a love letter. Some are as playful as a circus poster (It's in the Way, Take Me Where the Lions Roar).

Buy two copies of the album, and give a copy to someone you love.

Collected Sounds

Absolutely LOVE this
There's a sort of lo-fi feel to this record that is so darn appealing. It makes me want to learn all the lyrics so I can sing along. I'd say it's a sort of a Simon & Garfunkel meets Belle & Sebastian with Beatles-esque twist.
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Bill Jacobs - Sonik Wheel Mastering

Andrea is Brilliant!
I love "Rivers of Stars"! Everything about Andrea's music on this CD is amazing! The singing, lyrics, melodies, chord progressions, instrumentation, sound quality, and everything else is truly brilliant. Thank you Andrea for such awesome music!!

Doug Parsley

Unique and Beautiful
I have been listening to Andrea Perry's music for a couple of years now, and find her to be a truly original artist. She has an uncanny sense for layering vocals and instruments to create hitherto unheard musical textures.
I wish I knew what other artists to compare her to, but I'm drawing a blank. Sure there are loads of influences you could cite, but not one that serves to sum her up. Rather, she seems to assimilate all of her musical influences into a new and original sound all her own.
Her music may not be for everyone, but then, I don't think she means for it to be. I'm just glad it's for me.

RW

Better with Each Listen
This one didn't grab me as instantly as Saturday Morning and Two, and I was a little disappointed at first. It's sleepier and slower and not as full of crazy ingenuity and unexpected chord changes as her earlier albums, but when this one finally did grab ahold of me it did so with amazing force, sinking itself into my cells. It's less wild and more mature and refined. The lyrics are better than ever and the melodies are haunting. The contributions of lyricist Lishan are excellent.

Seal

Awestruck
It doesn't knock you over the head, but seduces you in mysterious whispers. This album is made for the seekers of the universe, those who are willing to travel the galaxy to star gaze. You will be nicely rewarded for your travels....sit back, relax, and let it wash over you.

Mitch

Gentle magic
This may be Andrea Perry's 3rd cd, but it is most definitely her best. That's not the say that her first two aren't pop genius, but this one transcends both pop and genius. It is soothing, smart, romantic, luxurious, nuanced, gentle, magical, sweet, sad, tuneful, life-affirming, catchy, surprising . . . it's just a complete knockout. But imagine being knocked out with a feather. Andrea is not only a brilliant songwriter, but a superb musician and singer. And don't overlook her talents as an arranger. If anyone can point me to a better album that has been released this year, I'll begrudgingly take a look at it and then probably shrug and hit play on "Rivers of Stars" and sink into a comfy chair with a smile on my face.

Luke O'Malley

Intricate beautiful pop songs.
This music is made just for me.

First, her voice is incredible as it is and only gets better with he mastery of double tracking.

The music itself reminds me of any of the past masters (beatles, costello, guryan) at any given measure. The only fault that I find with the album is the production. The music has sooo much character that it is a shame to give it such a straight interpretation. Each song is approached and recorded in the exact same way. As a matter of fact it is the exact same way that her other 2 albums were recorded. That is the only think keeping it 4 stars instead of 5

Dave Mark

A terrific album, well-crafted songs...
With this album, Andrea Perry has really found her groove. Definitely her most perfect album. Every song worked for me, not a bad moment in the whole bunch. Terrific production. Each song is unpredictable, never boring, yet hangs together in a groove.

If you love crafty songs, buy this album.

Frank Cotolo

Music from the heart launched into eternity
Ms. Perry's work has never been more defined or poetically punctuated. Musically and lyrically, these 14 tracks are mortal and mesmerizing, meaningful and miraculous in their ability to humble the soul.
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