AOTY 2019

The Party

Andy Shauf - The Party
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2016 Ratings: #54 / 763
User Score
Based on 103 ratings
2016 Ratings: #86
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.
El_Bark
80
Bringing it back aesthetically with a great party theme and great storytelling
EMR
44
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
comrade2000
85
the songs on the party are simple, but shauf's compelling storytelling keeps this album from feeling boring to me. i find it really easy to picture all the songs, almost like i'm watching a movie!! i feel invested in the characters and situations shauf lays out in this album & his soft voice compliments it well ♡

favorite tracks:
- alexander all alone
- early to the party
- to you
88
Probably the most surprising out of nowhere album of 2016
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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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