Sea Of Approval
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.