Review: Andria Simone – Evolve
Rating: 8/10 Stars
Artist Andria Simone releases Evolve in 201 5 (SPECTRA MUSIC GROUP). Andria Simone is a vocalist is an accomplished singer/songwriter recording artist originally from Canada but has roots in Manchester, England and Lviv, Ukraine. Some notable things I saw in her bio: In June 2014, Andria Simone and Those Guys won the Hennessy Talent Quest, a prestigious international competition for new musical talent. The prize was an all-expenses paid week in Cognac, France, during which the band performed several shows at the Blues Passion Festival, a star-studded fest that featured such names as Robert Plant, George Benson and Lily Allen. Andria and Those Guys opened for major French soul star Ben l’Oncle Soul as well as playing their own headline show.
Now focusing on “Evolve.” Each style, each song on this CD expresses something a bit different than the other – a complete moment if you will. To me it’s comparable to looking into then suddenly experiencing what it is to be inside a snapshot of time. Some of the snapshots are silly or laugh-out-loud funny. Others are of contentment, exuberance, sadness, reverence. It’s a time capsule of time. “Evolve” gently creates the classic top shelf Theatrical Pop/Rock musical environment right away with Track 1 “Torn” with its Alternative Rock groove, and vocal exuberance. This song benefits well from a powerful generation of musicians with similar interests in classic rock but varying tastes still appealing to modern contemporary fans. Just when you thikn you got her figured out she delivers a classic Cream cover “Sunshine of your Love” with its 1970’s retro flair. With a sound ranging from Soulful Blues, Theatrical Rock and Classic Rock Simone delivers a unique sound that translates well to the listener’s world. The next few tracks “Eaux De Vie” and “Beautiful Life” present more upbeat pieces both are both clever and alluring. Some pieces possess a late 90’s mystique. Other are melancholy. Some are for the flower Children. I noticed one of her influences was Janis Joplin, Simone reminds me of a modern day Janis Joplin.
The keys and notes fall smoothly yet effortlessly and with every second that passes as if these notes and words were meant for each other. The acoustic and slow rhythmic pace of many tracks can quickly shift and change at a moments notice making music somewhat unpredictable in places. Other times the music is explosive and out of control good. Simone possesses an immense amount of talent and creativity and has an impressive vocal skillet extremely compatible to this style of music. The musicianship is amazing offering much in the way of musical variety and top tiered chops. The amazing vocal touches from Simone just bring the whole thing together via her mystical charm.
Other tracks worthy of your time: Crazy Lady, Burn Me Baby, Groove Doctor, Holdin’ On.
“Evolve” by Andria Simone truly highlight some incredible moments that portray true emotion and is sure to evoke some strong reactions. In the end “Evolve” is a very suspenseful musical experience all around and regardless if you like your music happy, sad, short, sweet, overly synthetic or rocking the House I guarantee Andria Simone will cause you to feel something powerful.
Jon Van Steenvort