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ANDY BULL

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Sea Of Approval 

Universal

 

Sea Of Approval is Andy Bull’s first solo release since his 2010 EP, Phantom Pains, and is a definite departure from his earlier and friendlier folky lean on alt-pop.

Andy Bull fans, prepare yourselves for distorted vocals and gurgling synths. As expected, Bull doesn’t fail to produce some beat-driven and highly contagious hits (Talk Too Much, Keep On Running). But Sea Of Approval is both self-absorbed and self-deprecating (‘Baby I’m once in a lifetime, baby I am nobody now). Things go awry when Bull decides to throw in Something, I Guess, a song which, very possibly, will only satisfy those who like their vocal echoes increased to hymnal levels.

The singer/songwriter, in a move towards a more modern sound, takes a slight R&B detour on The Hill, with jolts that are sure to induce some hip-flicking. Nothing Is Wrong is an easy album standout: it boasts Bull’s vocal versatility and effortlessly combines an all-consuming chorus with synth reveries and smooth piano build-ups and fillers.

Sea Of Approval sees Andy Bull flirt with a more galactic variant of pop, but what remains timeless is his unfaltering and unique voice.

 

KATIE DAVERN