The Party

Andy Shauf - The Party
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #52 / 758
User Score
Based on 90 ratings
2016 Ratings: #68
May 20, 2016 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

Shauf brings the same mentality to pop music as the songwriting greats of the '60s and '70s did, with gorgeous instrumentation, subtle arrangements and an all-round organic feel. Paired with his very human and humanizing lyrics, The Party is relatable and honest, simply marvellous.

90
The Line of Best Fit
With this effort Shauf successfully portrays the complicated smogarsbord that is youth by capturing in its crudest form at a party, with its hedonism and heartbreak, and in doing so propels himself miles ahead of his singer-songwriter peers who have tried to do the same.
80
AllMusic
In terms of craft and vision, Shauf has got both in spades, and while stylistically similar to his debut, he's made adjustments and broken new ground here as well.
75
Paste

While the arrangements are lush, they don’t get too overbearing or massive to take away from the lyrics. Fans of artists like Elliott Smith and Grizzly Bear will likely enjoy Shauf’s music, but overall Shauf really comes into his own on The Party.

60
Loud and Quiet
There’s only one thing that lets ‘The Party’ down ... and it’s a pretty major issue: the double-tracked, marble-mouthed vocals of its Canadian host. It’s a huge disappointment, because Shauf’s mumbled delivery all too often renders his sparkling melodies indistinct from the ornately constructed music behind it.
88
Probably the most surprising out of nowhere album of 2016
EMR
61
An easy-going, charming collection of tunes crafted by this nostalgic mind, harking back to the 60s and 70s soft pop, where everything exhaled organicism and sensibility, except that this time around, not every facet in the songwriting works as well as the sound quality.
chessmess
60
Slow, simple and emotionally weak. The Magician is an one dimensional creation, with no real backbone. Andy Shauf's voice sounds fragile and weak. Compared to other strong voices in the singer-songwriter genre (Examples: Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten), Andy Shauf's voice leaves alot to be desired. He tries to play the "I'm vulnerable but strong" card, much like artists such as Fiona Apple and the aforementioned artists. But it does not work out for him, and it ends up sounding alot ... read more
bottledsoup
87
I was gonna give it an 85 but man it's so calming and it made me just relax plus it made me feel better so I'm giving it an 87?? But man I was so relaxed I kept zoning out and forgot I was even listening to music?? But It was still really nice I'd definitely listen again uwu
JoaoSantos
66
It may be way too simple but it's a really nice experience.
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Track List

  1. The Magician
  2. Early to the Party
  3. Twist Your Ankle
  4. Quite Like You
  5. Begin Again
  6. The Worst in You
  7. To You
  8. Eyes of Them All
  9. Alexander All Alone
  10. Martha Sways
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