Andy Flannagan - Drowning In The Shallow

Published Wednesday 11th July 2012
Andy Flannagan - Drowning In The Shallow
Andy Flannagan - Drowning In The Shallow

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 127381-19348
LABEL: Downwardly Mobile Music DMM30662
RELEASE DATE: 2012-06-25
RRP: £12.99

Reviewed by Brendan O'Regan

The London-based Irish singer/songwriter has been around a long while though 'Drowning In The Shallow' is Andy's first new recording since 2004's 'Son'. I should report right away that this is a near perfect album - insightful and challenging lyrics, infectious melodies, warm, confident, clear and committed singing, tasteful musical accompaniment and gorgeous harmony vocals. I was hooked on the album right from the opening title track, a reflection on the downside of playing safe - "Failure is my fear/and caution is my call/But the surest way to sink/is when you don't move at all" - shades of St Peter on the lake. "The Reason" follows with a reminder of how we can overcomplicate and miss the simple things - "Will you stop looking for clue?/This is no mystery/Act justly, love mercy, walk/humbly with your God" This track is the most catchy and commercial on the album, you might find yourself humming it after only a listen or two. Other song titles reflect the album's themes of relationships, brokenness, humanity, pain, desire, shallowness - "Healing", "Addictions", "Fragile", "Whole". These are handled sensitively, with strands of Christian faith blended subtly - for example, in "I Will Not Be Leaving", a reflection on a boy he met in an orphanage in Kampala, he finishes on a metaphorical note - "We need an army/To storm this front/To reach for the broken/And touch the finger of God". Though every intimate word is crystal clear, there is a lyric booklet with Flanagan's illuminating commentary on the songs.

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Product Description
Andy’s new album Drowning In The Shallow is an invitation to take some steps out into the deep water, away from the relative safety and comfort of our flat-screen worlds.

These are beautiful yet painful stories of broken things being made whole and they provoke us to be involved in that process. Here there are tears, wisdom and experience gleaned from some of the world’s most difficult places.

The album features Andy’s trademark organic acoustic sound and finely crafted, poetic lyrics taken to another level by Grammy-award winning producer Alan Branch.

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