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Album Review

Singer/songwriter Drew Andrews' debut solo effort Only Mirrors is a hauntingly reflective and guttingly bittersweet album. Acoustic at the core, Andrews' sound is nonetheless layered with strings, xylophone, vocal harmonies, and various electric instruments. Combined with Andrews soft burnished croon, the result brings to mind a mix of the organic '70s soft rock of Bread and moody '80s college rock of the Smiths. In that sense, Andrews also draws nice comparisons to such contemporaries as journeyman Canadian bard Ron Sexsmith and the sympathetically minded Brit Ed Harcourt. Tracks like the delicately ominous title cut, the measured midtempo ballad "I Could Write a Book," and the meditative and circular "Counterfeit" with their swirling arpeggios of doubt and ennui are perfect bundles of indie-chamber pop and work well as soundtracks to dorm room dramas and various scenes of personal regret. Similarly, the more folk-inflected moments like the supple "Angeli" and gently rambling "Hospitals Again" are beautifully simple and deftly cinematic tracks that find Andrews moving into ever more varied and even slightly psychedelic soundscapes. Primarily, while Andrews has an obvious knack for Baroque and expertly orchestrated Beatlesque pop, he never over does it, and instead has crafted a subtle, tasteful, and deeply moving album. Only Mirrors is the kind of debut that sinks into your soul and catches you staring off into space. As the title implies, Andrews' talent is no smoke and only mirrors.

Customer Reviews


There is magic with "Only Mirrors" - the atmospheric and absorbing debut solo album by Drew Andrews, guitarist from The Album Leaf. A rich dreamlike state beyond the gentle intricate guitars and Drew's soft vocals. For fans of DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, SIGUR ROS, THE ALBUM LEAF.

Great record

The lyical twists and melodic turns keep me tumbling through this album again and again, each time picking up on a clever line here or a production flourish there. "In the smoke lounge, she is waiting..." "...if your good with it..." tossed off lines run through the songs and bring Mr. Andrews' end of the bar observations to life, pull up a stool and let him narate the night out.


i WROTE THE FIRST REVIEW YAY and this isnt the greatest album


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Singer/songwriter Drew Andrews is a thoughtful, reflective performer with a bent toward melodic chamber pop. The San Diego-based artist was a performing member of songwriter Jimmy LaValle's band the Album Leaf before striking out on his own. Andrews'...
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