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Album Review

On The Mirror, former Everybodyfields vocalist Jill Andrews shines a light on her poppy side. Country and folk music, which formed the foundation of the Everybodyfields’ records, are still the cornerstones of this solo debut, but they’re joined by a newfound emphasis on — for lack of a better term — pastoral chick rock. Andrews no longer sounds like Gillian Welch; instead, she carves out a Laura-Veirs-meets-Lilith-Fair sound filled with swirling keyboards, harmony vocals, and pop hooks. The countryside is evoked — you can hear it in the small-town shuffle of “Sinking Ship,” the acoustic fingerpicking of “Blue Eyes,” the way guitarist/vocalist Josh Oliver (a holdover from the Everybodyfields days) harmonizes with Andrews in a twangy tenor — but The Mirror also sports the coffee house-cosmopolitan feel of a Sara Bareilles album, with less piano and more brushed percussion. It’s a sound that suits Jill Andrews well. Working without former partner Sam Quinn for the first time, she sings about isolation and heartbreak without turning the entire affair into a down-in-the-dumps sob fest, and songs like “Another Man” tackle bittersweet themes with bright, layered arrangements. “You got a way of making things hard,” she sings over egg shakers and a major-key piano progression, “and I’ve got a way of putting your things out in the yard.” The orchestration can get dense at times, but Andrews peels it back often, proving she can still sell a song with her voice and acoustic guitar alone.

Customer Reviews

Must Have

Best new CD of the year. Gorgeous voice and great backing band. Songs are cheerful but thought provoking and heart-felt. Gets better with each new listening.

Absolutely breathtaking

Happened to catch her at a house concert as she traveled between bigger concerts. Wow. So glad I did. She has an amazing voice. Her music tugs the heart and will take your breath away. You gotta listen to her albums.

My vote for album of the year

Heard "Blue Sky" a couple of times on The Sound on Public Radio East and was captivated. This is a near perfect album. Jill's voice is hauntingly beautiful, and her songwriting is very mature. Lyrically very honest and personal, but at the same time upbeat. Highlights: "Blue Sky", "Wake Up Nico", "The Mirror" and "Sound of the Bell". One of the best music discoveries I've made in a long long time.

Biography

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Before launching a solo career in 2009, Jill Andrews made her name co-fronting the Everybodyfields, an Americana outfit that highlighted her musical connection with Sam Quinn. Based in Tennessee, the group spent the better half of a decade touring in support of three albums, all of which featured a mix of folk, alt-country, bluegrass, and roots rock. Quinn and Andrews went their separate ways in 2009, though, both wishing to focus on solo careers instead. The Everybodyfields announced their breakup...
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