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Album Review

Nels Andrews does a number of things right on Sunday Shoes. He's got the world-weary voice to carry the weight of his songs, and a solid, country-rock production with a nice mix of acoustic and electric guitars. The problem will be separating him from a dozen other alternative country singers. This isn't to say that Sunday Shoes is a bad album, or that it will not fit snugly into alternative country play lists. Andrews gives the impression of being older than his years, with well-honed singer/songwriter lyrics on songs like "Jesse's Mom." He also knows how to tastefully add odds and ends — some mandolin here, some banjo there — to balance out the arrangements. The vocals are also bolstered nicely by the presence of Michelle Collins, who sings right beneath Andrews, giving the choruses a little something extra. Unfortunately, the songs are a bit long and wear out their welcome before they end. And while downbeat material is certainly grist for the mill, one has a feeling that Andrews — from the album's front cover to the hard luck lyrics — is going out of his way to embody a certain style. Sunday Shoes shows a band and a singer reaching out but unable to transcend alternative country formulas. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Better than most

I think this is the best best album that I have heard in its genere. The sound is not over-produced and the talent is obvious.

I love this album

Nels tells his stories in an understated, back porch kinda way. His lyrics are beautifully crafted and his characters masterfully given life with a deft turn of phrase or startlingly original detail. Nels unfurls his songs and characters with dusty lines leaving just the right amount of ambiguity for his listeners to fill in the rest. Easily one of my favorite musicians and story tellers of the current crop. I can't recommend this album highly enough.


Born: Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

A singer and songwriter who earned his chops hanging out with some questionable characters in his time, Nels Andrews released his first album, Sunday Shoes, independently in 2005. The album was critically well received, earning plaudits from BBC Radio soon after its release. Eventually, Andrews was able to parlay his critical success into gigs at prominent festivals in Europe, which he managed to play while maintaining a regular job in construction in his home of Albuquerque. Andrews eventually signed...
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Sunday Shoes, Nels Andrews
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  • $9.90
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jun 18, 2004

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