ANDY COLLINS Closure (SJPCD377)
While we're sad about the demise of The Storys we actually can't be too incredibly weepy...because Closure is an absolutely wonderful pop album full of beautiful flowing melodies and vocals that are out-of-this-world...this man and his friends have come up with a collection of modern pop classics that will surely stand the test of time.
Joined by his fellow
ex-band mates Rob Thompson (vox, guitar) and Alan Thomas (keys,
mandolin, banjo), Closure contains ten well-crafted songs ranging from
rock-ballad styles ('Believe', 'All The Things You Dream Of') to classic
power rock 'Find Your Own Way Back'.
Music News (March 2012)
...the austere artwork
houses a lot of emotions that flow out in a passionate, if reserved,
manner from the honeyed hymn of "Believe" where acoustic tide breaks
over the four-string cliffs, while "Find Your Own Way Back" rolls this
optimism down the electric road, its piano riffs set against the
pseudo-Americana haze through which a steel guitar cuts, and there's an
elegiac beauty to "All The Things You Dream Of".
The vocal interplay between Collins, Thompson, Thomas and guitarist Matt John really is a highlight on this disc, as is the clear, sharp production...An album to sit back and relax to 'Closure' doesn't reinvent the wheel, neither does it grab you by the throat and give you a good shake. However, let its gentle charms and sumptuously crafted hooks take effect and you'll find yourself singing these subtly crafted songs for days on end.
Angel Air are best known
for their key reissue CDs yet with the 2012 CD release of Closure from
singer-songwriter Andy Collins, they deliver a modern pop masterpiece.
The ten track, 43 minute album provides ample proof as to why Collins
was such a vital component of the band The Storys...Alan Thomas balances
things out quite amazingly with his wide ranging keyboard sounds
including mellotron. Interestingly, Closure was mastered by Pete
Townshend producer / engineer Jon Astley. Come to think of it, Andy does
sound somewhat like Townshend's genius / protégé Billy Nicholls - he's
just that cool.