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The Other Side of Love Sessions

Amy Stroup

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Album Review

Amy Stroup's folk-pop reveries on her full-length album The Other Side of Love Sessions may sound familiar, and not only because this is actually a compilation disc assembled from previously released, digital-only EPs. Stroup has licensed these recordings for use in numerous television shows, so it's possible one may have heard "Hold On to Hope Love" on Brothers & Sisters, Private Practice, One Tree Hill, or Army Wives, while "Quiet Hearts" has had placements in Greek, One Tree Hill, and Pretty Little Liars, and "Backed Into a Corner" in Grey's Anatomy. (Stroup's songs also have been used in commercials for Wal-Mart and eHarmony.) What the music supervisors of these programs heard in Stroup's songs was their low-key, romantic moodiness, doubtless appropriate to many poignant moments on the TV screen. Stroup tends to write wistful lullabies and play them on piano or acoustic guitar, with some other instruments (notably a cello) overdubbed here and there. Over the instrumental tracks, she sings in a sleepy alto reminiscent of Rickie Lee Jones (but without the slurring), reflecting, over and over, on love, as titles like "Love You Strongly" and "Redeeming Love" suggest. The word "Sessions" at the end of the album title is significant in that the tracks seem deliberately under-produced, as if they were demos with the actual recordings to come later. This is also true of the two bonus tracks featured exclusively on the iTunes version of the album, one of them, the title song, actually billed as a demo.

Customer Reviews

Great performer!

I just saw her last night in Nashville and she was AMAZING! She sounds even better live than on her albums :)

Atmospheric, Whimsical, Hopeful Music

I just discovered Amy Stroup since Christmas, and I absolutely love her work! Her voice, the musical production, and her lyrics blend seamlessly into a dreamy, beautiful musical experience. It's been quite awhile since an artist has taken me by surprise, but Amy's music has accomplished that, and much more. Can't wait to keep listening - Amy, you've won a fan for life.

magical...a true artist

I had the honor of seeing Amy preform live at a private event, during my lunch-hour, to promote her new CD. I quickly forgot about the sandwich I had brought along and became instantly fixated on the music. I haven't had this "love at first listen" with a singer/songwriter since I first heard Sean Colvin in the mid 1980's on VH1.

This is a must purchase for any fan of the singer/songwriter genre'. Amy is sincere and her music is from the heart. Any commercial success is a pure derivative of her infectious artistry. One think about Amy that surprised me is that she's from Boston, lives in Nashville and has a completely unique sound and quality to her voice that doesn't seem hampered by any regional accent (at least to my ears).

By the way, my 4.5, 7 and 9 year old kids love this album and frequently sing along to their favorite tracks. So parents, start thinking about how you explain what 'redeeming love' means!!!

- Bear
Seattle, WA

Biography

Born: Boston, MA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Amy Stroup was born in Boston but her childhood was spent moving around the country with her family, finally landing in Nashville when she was 18. It was a match made in Heaven. Classically trained on piano and having studied classical guitar at Lipscomb University, Stroup began playing and writing songs with some of the many young musicians Nashville always draws, falling into the city's lesser-known but intensely creative indie pop scene, where she blossomed and flourished, releasing her first...
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