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Make Believe

by On

Infectious melodies, and inventive arrangements give this self-produced 10-song album an effortlessly accessible sound. The second solo release from artist/producer Ken Andrews, formerly of Failure and currently of Year of the Rabbit.
Genre: Rock: Modern Rock
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2. Hey Sugar
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3. The Only Thing I Know
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4. Pure Distraction
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5. Its Me, Its You
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6. I Want You to Feel
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7. Octopus
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8. Frozen Signal
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9. When the World Is Running Down
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Infectious melodies, personally-charged compositions, and inventive arrangements give this self-produced 10-song album an effortlessly accessible sound. This is the 2nd solo LP from artist/producer Ken Andrews, formerly of Failure and currently of Year of the Rabbit.


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Ryan

Another excellent Ken Andrews record.
Sounds like Year of the Rabbit throwaway tunes mixed in with some earlier ON sounds. All in all a great combination of songs. It's nice to hear more rockers with Tim Dow and Jeff Garber as well.

Brian H.

I want more On!
I bought this record last week, and enjoyed from the first few chords. Solid record from start to finish. This is a great "headphone" album. Ken's production is wonderful as usual.

kajoes

A MUST BUY!!!
This CD is solid as they get. I liked it a little more than shifting skin (the ON debut), which was also awesome. I got the CD about a month ago and it is still in my car player. I highly recommend this CD to anyone who loves rock, especially fans of Ken Andrew's previous masterpieces.

Tim R.

Wow
Being a big Ken Andrews fan, I thought it only necessary to pick this album up. I wasn't expecting too much, as honestly I hadn't heard one track off of it- I was banking on the fact that it was a Ken Andrews project and therefore would be amazing. It turns out, this is an excellent rock album that is well done with incredible song writing and talented musicians. The CD arrived in the mail, and by that night, I had listened to it four times, all the way through! Andrews' singing here is some of my favorite from all of his work, and I found myself humming along to "Hey Sugar" quite often. If you are a fan of Failure or Year of the Rabbit, or just enjoy non-mainstream, smooth alternative rock, then get this album!

Digital Noise Network

Make Believe really does make you believe there just might be some more hope out
Remember those old CD’s in the 80’s that didn’t necessarily have that cheesy-80’s tone to them that made you just wanna bust out the tight jeans, Michael Jackson glove, and the intimidating REO Speedwagon jeans jacket, but it did have a hint of carefree-80’s rock to it? Me neither.

For some strange reason, On reminds me of late-80’s rock without the goofiness we now see in those 80’s CD commercials (I’m sure a lot of you don’t hear that, but screw you, this is my review). At least, a few tracks do, the rest remind me of why Ken Andrews is worshiped by many. Make Believe really does make you believe there just might be some more hope out there for the music industry—until you hear the history.

Amazingly, their first disc, Shifting Skin was released on Epic. It was a bit more electronic-in-nature, and was a bit less organic than this album. This one is just straight up rock, and it has some great beats to it. Anyway, back to the story… almost two years since the release of the first On CD, Ken Andrews finally reemerged to the scene after what seemed like he had fallen off the face of the Earth, ready to do another record for Epic. Then, a few weeks later, he’s ready to do one on his own. You can make the call as to what happened. So he self produced and put this album out on his own, going for a more personal touch to it. The only place it’s available for purchase, actually, is a real mom-n-pop like online record store. My experience with that site was unbelievable—fast, friendly customer service (I accidentally actually ordered the thing twice, they fixed the problem right away), and fast and prompt delivery. There’s not much else to ask for.

Indeed, Make Believe is a very grass roots like album. It gets back to the basics of rock—talent and originality, and good tunes. And to be expected from Andrews, it’s well polished but far from overdone. Instead of making it sound like the latest radio hit, the album sounds just right—a good balance of old fashioned studio tricks and a real polished and more modernized sound to it.

The best part is, it gets better every time you listen to it. It might only be forty minutes in length, but it’s a fun ride while it lasts, and you want more at the end. Very few albums today really have a good replay value to them—sure, we sometimes award good replay values upon review time (Audioslave, Open Hand, and more in my own case at least), but how many times after those initial 10 spins or so do you keep spinning it? This one has been in heavy rotation in my CD player. It’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

I’d say the only downfall of this album is the length, and the fact that one must wonder how much time this act will gain from Ken Andrews’ schedule. With the Year Of The Rabbit full length due out in a few months, and the fact that he will be touring in support of them, it’s tough to say. So you might be left high and dry, with just a pair of good discs to offer from this group.

In the end, it’s probably safe to say that On won’t die anytime soon. Andrews’ clearly wants to get this music out there, even though he might not be shopping it to labels or anything. This one is for the fans, as evident by the grass roots approach. It’s for those who care about music, not everyone in the world. If he wanted to just make a million bucks off this album, he’d slap it together real quick with a bunch of hooks, and shop it, and then sell it. Instead, he just creates music, and we devour it. Enjoy.

Matt Armenio

incredible
This CD is amazing. Ken Andrews is an amazing musician. Both ON albums are equally incredible. Certainly pick up this album.

Ken Andrews, The Genius!!!!

Very beautiful, well written album.
I love everything Ken does. This album really shows how well of a song writer he is. All the songs gave me goose bumps cause they were so beautiful. Love ya Ken!!!!

Chris Ringler

Another hit for Ken Andrews
it's really an honor to be able to get to listen to music like this that really would never find a place in the mainstream. glad Mr. Andrews found an outlet 1. for his passion, and 2. for his music (in a place like CD Baby). a very good pop record much like the first and very unlike anything he'd done before.
ahh, if only real mainstream pop music were this good.

JN

Ken Andrews a.k.a. musical genius
Not much need be said about the production of the second ON disc, it's flawless. The ambiance that this cd creates is wonderful and I love the mood it puts the listener in. It's a musical journey that I can't help but take again and again. Kudos to you Ken for making another brilliant piece of music!

James

There's no one better than Ken Andrews...
Ken Andrews has done it again. Make Believe is a wonderful group of songs and the perfect companion to Shifting Skin. Even though it is a little on the short side, each song is so well-crafted and slickly produced that you will hardly notice. I can only hope for another ON cd in the future. This is pop music heaven.
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