The Neon Skyline

Andy Shauf - The Neon Skyline
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #9 / 85
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Based on 328 ratings
2020 Ratings: #71
January 24, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NOW Magazine

Written and performed wholly by Shauf, The Neon Skyline is wistful, but also sweet, philosophical, self-deprecating and very relatable.

90
Exclaim!

The Neon Skyline is a crystallization of everything Shauf has been working meticulously to perfect throughout his rise to international acclaim — his characterization, world-building and ear for arrangements.

81
Paste

The Neon Skyline is another pleasant journey lovingly crafted by Shauf.

80
Loud and Quiet

Throughout the record, Shauf’s warm melodies and dry humour make the atmosphere inside The Neon Skyline feel tangible.

80
Northern Transmissions

The entirety of Neon Skyline is so emotionally direct and engaging that the spoils are best left to discover on your own.

80
PopMatters

Shauf performed, arranged, and produced every song on The Neon Skyline. Thus, there is a unity to the whole affair—and a tenderness.

80
No Ripcord

Even at his most open, there's still this sense that his character-driven songs wouldn't exist without revealing the backstory of his Canadian roots. His sentiments are more palpable and poignant, but his approach is as casual as always.

80
AllMusic

Quite simply, there are precious few indie songwriters who can impress as easily as Andy Shauf, and Neon Skyline is the work of an artist delivering on their significant promise.

80
Spectrum Culture

Shauf further cements himself as one of our more intriguing and effortless songwriters, unafraid to ditch typical conventions in favor of some of the most remarkably vivid imagery in recent memory.

80
Clash

The charm of this album is the familiarity of it. If one chose not to listen too closely “The Neon Skyline” could wash over you without appreciating the beauty within.

79
Pitchfork

The Canadian singer-songwriter uses the concept album to recreate the quietly stirring scenes of a dead romance. The Neon Skyline unfolds into a wistful, funny, and heartbreaking world of its own.

70
Gigwise

Shauf has a brilliant ability to create a wholesome narrative that is rich with colourful and complex characters.

Plats
88
"The Neon Skyline" is a beautiful and intriguing little album. Most of the songs are top-notch and the Andy's storytelling, combined with that accented voice, is really great, even funny at times.

Fav Tracks: The Moon, Things I Do, Neon Skyline, Try Again, Dust Kids, Fire Truck

Least Fav Track: Clove Cigarette

Score:
8.8
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TommyCook
96
This album is stunning. A classic tale of love, anguish, and reconciliation to the sounds of lyric driven psychedelic folk.
Early on, some of the instrumentation is so dry that it turns to flakes before it even hits your eardrums. Yet, everything that makes up the instrumentation throughout the entirety of the album varies so much and is blended so beautifully that it really doesn’t matter. When the occasional heavy guitar or electronic beat make their way into the song, they compliment ... read more
Tielur
77
The words of Andy Shauf are gentle comets of reflection and self awareness. Through sweet melodies, and engaging vocal performances song for song, Shauf creates a world that we may have all lived through once in our life.
daltdisney
95
I would have to make a video essay to fully express everything I love about this album. Hell, I could probably make a video for every song. There’s so much content and context to dive into and pick apart. But I’ll try my best.

TL;DR of my thoughts: This album has a simple but realistic and grounded concept that doesn’t overstay its welcome. At only 35 minutes, ‘The Neon Skyline’ tells its story concisely while still being entertaining and never straying too far ... read more
dearsongs
76
Solid S&G album. Nice hushed sound, some humor as well. I guess this was culled down from 50 tunes... good stuff.

I have a folder already filling up with 2020 releases, but I'll stick with this one for a minute first.
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Track List

  1. Neon Skyline
  2. Where Are You Judy
  3. Clove Cigarette
  4. Thirteen Hours
  5. Things I Do
  6. Living Room
  7. Dust Kids
  8. The Moon
  9. Try Again
  10. Fire Truck
  11. Changer
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