The Bearer of Bad News

Andy Shauf - The Bearer of Bad News
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Based on 32 ratings
2015 Ratings: #176
February 3, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Party Damage / Tender Loving Empire / Label
Folk / Genres
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rosevean
65
#1 Hometown Hero
#3 I'm Not Falling Asleep
#9 Lick Your Wounds
seanmarshall9
89
I've listened to Shauf's previous works, but they fell short when compared to this album, in my opinion. His thin voice and lisp-like expression seem to be the only similarities. The Bearer of Bad News is a very strong album, as Andy's sincerity, musicality, and storytelling help him make a strong mark as a songwriter.

Lyrically, "Wendell Walker" makes inarguably the most provocative statement in TBOBN, as the song tells, in quite a linear fashion, an extremely dark tale of a ... read more
tinymusiccritic
70
Maybe it's the uncanny resemblance between Andy Shauf's voice and that of the legendary (and close to my heart) Elliott Smith*, but something about this understated album draws me in, even if there only really two songs that are particularly memorable. It's not the most cheerful album released this year, that's for sure, but there's warmth in the arrangements (especially with the warm timbre of the clarinet) and depth to Shauf's lyrics. If nothing else, it's a great album to fall asleep to. ... read more
tha138
58
Indolent folk-pop from Canada that definitely needs to grow up.
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Track List

  1. Hometown Hero
  2. Drink My Rivers
  3. I'm Not Falling Asleep
  4. Covered in Dust
  5. Wendell Walker
  6. You're Out Wasting
  7. The Man On Stage
  8. Jesus, She's A Good Girl
  9. Lick Your Wounds
  10. Jerry Was A Clerk
  11. My Dear Helen
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Added on: February 3, 2015