I have been an admirer of Andy Grammer’s soulful voice for a few years now, and I even had the opportunity to participate in the filming of his music video for “Miss Me” in 2012. Even as an established fan, however, I was a little unsure about his new single, “Back Home,” and didn’t know what to expect from him Friday night at the House of Blues in Anaheim. I am happy to admit that I was wrong to have ever doubted Andy Grammer.
Andy performed re-imagined favorites, a couple of covers, and lots of new songs. While the crowd was eager to sing along to “Fine by Me” and “Keep Your Head Up,” he really began to grab everyone’s attention with the humorous “Forever,” referring to how long a man will wait for the woman he loves to get ready, and the cheeky “Holding Out,” which, coincidentally, is also about waiting.
I was pleasantly surprised by Andy’s lower vocal range when he revealed it during a cover of Aloe Blacc’s “I’m The Man,” which served as an example of his versatility. Along with his popularity, his band has also grown, adding new instruments and sounds (I literally squeal every time I see a keytar!). A drum line joined Andy on stage for a much more impressive rendition of “Back Home” than the radio edit, and although I appreciated “Remind You,” the use of auto-tune should be left to less-talented performers.
Andy Grammer’s sophomore album, Magazines or Novels, is scheduled for release early next month, and based on what I have heard, the wait will be well worth it. The artist has clearly challenged himself and pushed for greater musicality with thoughtful lyrics and some well-placed electronic effects. Welcome home, Andy.
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