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CD BABY/David Crosson - I've been converted even on first listening
"with thoughtful folksy lyrics and tight musical performances, this album crosses a number of genre boundaries smoothly and successfully. With "Slow Burn Avenue", his debut CD, Northrup is seeking to expand the scope of his core audience. And there is no reason to expect that he won't succeed." All I know is that I've been converted: even on first listening, this CD got my head bobbing like one of those spring-necked animals that reside on the dashboards of taxis."
CD BABY/Roger Levesque - Sparkles with energy and sincerity
"To these ears, Northrup's songs offer an insightful depth you won't find with most up-and-coming songwriters who can get lost in penning love songs. Despite it's dark material, 'Slow Burn Avenue' sparkles with energy and sincerity."
CD BABY/Michael D. Dowdy - Another Excellent Cd Full Of Great Songs
This CD Slow Burn Avenue contains great songs by an very talented sibger/songwriter Andy Northup and is full of excellent music by an singer with amazing vocals and excellent musical style and range.
Canadian Society for Traditional Music/David Gregory -
A talented musician/poet with a lot to say
Northrup's songs will be the reason why you may purchase these discs and play them again and again. This is not traditional folksong, but it is, in a sense, "in the tradition". Northrup sounds not unlike a Canadian Martyn Joseph; there were some echoes of Phil Ochs and of the younger Bob Dylan, the underground poet of Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited. Northrup's writing is not political folk music but rather an attempt to probe below the surface of society. There is an empathy with rebels and the disadvantaged, and there is a profound conviction that something has gone very wrong with the status quo. "Normal" is not a term of praise in Northrup's vocabulary. "Slow Burn Avenue," which uses language very economically, is a highly evocative portrait of a street community composed of people whom the more conventionally successful might call "losers". There is a lot in these song/poems about miscommunication, fear, guilt, and the harm that can come both from deceit and dishonesty. Northrup is undoubtedly a talented musician/poet with a lot to say. I will certainly be on the lookout for his next release.
CD BABY/Robby - Refreshing new music from a talented singer/songwriter
This CD is a pleasure to listen to, and in fact, I have yet to take it from my car CD player. So many of the songs tell such a great story that it makes you feel compelled to listen. Andy weaves a wonderful combination of great lyrics and story, and solid melodies and vocals to finish a truly first rate package for this CD. Highly recommended!
Stonewall Society's Equal Pride/Len Rogers
A fun CD with bite, it's messages are today, piercing and personal.
At first glance/listen you begin the relationship with Andy Northrup's music. Yes, relationship is correct. Easy folksy style coupled with rhythms which put your tap response into high gear is but one vantage of "Slow Burn Avenue". Andy doesn't just want us tapping, he wants us to think, to feel, to relate. A total experience. And that it is, most effectively so. Like a relationship Andy gives and takes. The listener follows along mesmerized by his ability to open doors, and touch those dark tender places we all hide. The Dylan and Mitchell influences are strong. The messages received are today, piercing, and personal. Northrup, a songwriter first according to his website, hits that mark with power and depth. Andy has a style reminiscent of the protester-folk period, rugged good looks, and a rich voice which titillates and soothes. Like the musicians of the power-folk period, Northrup knows how to get your initial attention musically. Right away you find yourself tapping and soon singing along. It is slightly later that you realize he is offering more. Deep lyrics and dark topics find lighter wings in Andy's music. An intriguing and appealing combination. The entire CD has great flow and continuity. Title track "Slow Burn Avenue" is an introspective look at situations and choices including the potential consequences. Northrup has no trepidation in addressing strong subject matter. He artistically offers no apologies and need not. His lyrics get into your head, create a reaction, cause an effect. "Conspiracy" is a thought filled but fun tune styled in the "camp protest" feel of the earlier Dylan works. Guthrie also comes to mind. "The Moment That You Know" is a toe tappin', got ya thinkin' again favorite. All in all a fun CD, but I like my music with bite. Especially when the bite is so well pointed and delivered with style. To find out more about Andy Northrup, his vast background, and his music visit his website.
Midwest-Ursine/William Gregory -
This is disc is a folk rock treasure that brings to mind the Eagles at their best!
Andy Northrup and his legion of followers hail from up North, way up North in Edmonton, Canada. Andy, and his sweeter than sweet self, reminds me of a working class Dan Hicks (remember that song "Sometimes When We Touch?"). Truly, I mean this with the best of intentions. Andy has a sweet, mellifluous voice and he writes songs with hooks and a bit of the Eagles in them. Now not everybody appreciates the Eagles the way that I do. But the Eagles were synonymous with Country-Rock and sweet melodies that never left your ear. So, it is with Mr. Northrup. I can hear Emmylou Harris singing "Never Alone", Loudon Wainwright singing "Slow Burn Avenue," and Allison Kraus singing "Leave it behind." Not bad company to keep. I tend to like his ballads far better than the up tempo songs. They ring true and the creep gently into your soul. These are songs written by a man who just got off the line with only a six-pack of beer to go home to. I don't think I have to tell you that he looks every bit the part with his cute self. Only this guy happens to be gay. While Mr. Northrup is openly gay, there's no rainbows, leather jackets or stilettos on his porch, just the ubiquitous pack of beer and a longing to be loved by another human being. Andy needs to be heard by you and you and you.
Billboard Magazine/Larry Flick - Feeling the Burn of a sterling debut
Andy Northrup is the kind of artist who sneaks up on you with his music. He grabs you from behind, just when you think you're listening to another dime-a-dozen folkie weaving the same ol' familiar tales. That's the ultimate pleasure of the music that fills Northrup's sterling debut, Slow Burn Avenue; its songs initially deceive the listener with a smooth, seemingly simplistic surface. But once you investigate the material closer, you realize that the singer/songwriter is smarter than your average guitar-toting troubadour. His lyric construction is palpably sophisticated, though he also infuses an earthy, I've-lived-every-word sincerity. He's particularly effective on the radio-ready title cut, which unfolds like a heartbreaking, wholly relatable audio movie. "It's about being in a place where you're watching life go by," he says. "You're enduring life as opposed to enjoying it. The toughest decision is to change that complacency." "Slow Burn Avenue" is only one of 11 songs that takes personal ideas and experiences and casts them in a framework that enables the listener to climb inside and make each tune his own. Particularly strong is the plaintive "Peace of Mind" and "The Moment That You Know," which deftly com-bines jangly rock elements with a surprisingly effective Motown-esque beat. Part of what clearly adds depth to Northrup's songwriting is his sideline interest in writing mate-rial for musical theatre. He's com-posed music and lyrics for four musicals, including his latest The 7th Circle, with Citadel Theatre playwright-in-residence Marty Chan and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra composer-in-residence Allan Gilliland. The 7th Circle was commissioned by Fringe Theatre Adventures for its Imagine pro-gram in Canada. "Being exposed to the situations I'm confronted with in my work does influence me," he says. Beyond his songwriting skills, the anchor of this collection is Northrup's voice. He has a rich, baritone range and a strong, undeniably masculine delivery that gives his songs an edge often missing from other male acoustic-rock/folk recordings (which aim to be so sensitive and intimate that too many male artists wind up sounding impotent and whining). All of this adds up to an artist and material that not only click in recorded form but demand to be heard in a live setting. At the moment, Northrup is sticking close to his Canadian home base, though a wise A&R exec or two could (and should) easily bankroll a showcase in the States--where a strong fan base could be his for the taking.
Bay Area Reporter, San Diego Update/Jason Serinus -
A compelling, well-recorded disc.
"Andy Northrup: Slow Burn Avenue - New House Up North Sonics: 4 Roses Performance/Music/Whatever: 3.5 Roses This is not your basic "Have a Nice Day" album. Edmonton, Alberta-based Andy Northrup (www.anorthrup.com) departs from his usual work as a songwriter for musical theater to devote his dragged down baritone and rhythm guitar to his own folk rock songs. Joined by some excellent musicians and back-up vocalists - no phony-sounding MIDI here - the result is a compelling, fairly well recorded disc, whose predominant tone is one of despair and burnout. This album has been scoring high on the Outvoice weekly listeners' favorite poll, and for good reason. The melodies and rhythms are quite sophisticated, with many interesting instrumental solos and imaginative passages adding greatly to the impact of the all important lyrics. While Northrup's vocal range is limited, and his intonation occasionally flat when singing low on the scale, his timbre and energy are ideal for his subject matter. Given songs with such titles as "Being the Joke," "Conspiracy," "Desperate," and "Never Alone - (Till Tonight)," you may not be inclined to play this disc on your first date. On the other hand, an album whose final cut, "Peace of Mind," is about the lack thereof, seems a timely commentary on the frequently daunting struggle to experience harmony and contentment in an off-balance world."
Outvoice.com - Strong Lyrics
Canadian Andy Northrup Ready For U.S. Audience. Canada's Andy Northrup is aiming to expand his audience to the States. His current CD "Slow Burn Avenue" is folk with a dark edge. Strong lyrics are the key to this album's popularity with critics.
CD BABY/ John Frame - Another of the great Introspective Canadian Lyricists
Moody guitar and seriously considered lyrics combine in a very pleasant sounding, sombre collection of songs from Andy's past seven years. Canada is the world home of
introspective lyricists and Andy continues this tradition as a prolific composer of musicals and soundtracks - in addition to his repertoire of 110 songs. Very easy to
take at any hour of the day or night.
CD BABY/ Dave Montana - Amazing Lyrics!
Andy Northrup has awaken a part of me I thought had died. His lyrics are phenomenal and not the normal "I love you, Please love me back" stuff, but about things that make you question your existence and purpose in life. I don't have enough words to describe what his music has done to me. It is almost a spiritual experience!
CD BABY/Joel - Take the chance....
Andy's CD is like scotch...it takes a bit of time to appreciate the music...but, believe me, the pleasure only grows over time. The music is literate, witty, at times haunting...but never anything less than gem-like. Go on...take the chance...it's worth it
CD BABY/Daniel Fournier - nothing short than top quality
first off I must say that I have work with Andy for many, many years, though we have lost touch. now, I just purchase this cd, and compare to the first one which is great, this one is even better, the funny part for me, is that now that I have not talk or work with Andy, I am listening to this cd as I would for any artist that I don't know, if you see what I mean, and it is a different approach, I kind of laugh at myself, because on the second song, which I love, Andy's voice as mature and well, he sound so sexy! and I had to remind myself that this is a friend, but the cd is just fantastic. My partner Greg, just loves it too, and he does not know Andy. The sound is excellent, the quality of the song writing is nothing short than top quality. I am so proud to have the cd, and I can say to my friend here in Stettler, Alberta, that I know this person, and I know Pat Campbell , sorry for the spelling, and I am so proud. I have landed the cd to some people and they are planning to purchase it, they are so impress. if you like a someone that sing with passion, very rare these days, go for this . Andy has some nice female back ground singer that sound so good, I had a bit of a tear thinking about him and how much of a good guy he is and believe me, he is in real life , doing what ever he does with so much passion! that is just the way Andy is. He lives honeis life with passion, I am sure that at times he must hurt , he is a strong man but so much feeling. I really love the music man. and I listen to it every day. if you see this Andy, I think of you and everyone, so, please do like me, take a chance, you will love this cd.
PM Magazine New York, NY /Jed Ryan -
One of the top 10 albums of 2005
Call it "Northern Comfort"! With his influences clearly in the realm of American country music (guitar-driven, earthy music with lots of heart and lack of pretense), it's easy to assume that Andy Northrup is from Nashville, Ten-ne-see or another Southern town. Nope. Singer/songwriter/activist/playwright Northrup is from Canada. He's got a distinctively deep, strong voice with a passion that occasionally erupts into fire. This fire is fueled by Northrup's views about war ("Wondering"), politics ("It Ain't Easy"), age ("These Hands"), equality, and relationships-- and how, as you may have guessed, they all kind of tie in. On "Sometimes", the opening track of "Cardboard Logic", Northrup's second album, Northrup sings, "Sometimes I'm glad I'm so strong." So are we, Mr. Northrup! STANDOUTS: "Sometimes", "These Hands", "It Ain't Easy", "Wondering".
CD BABY/Michael D. Dowdy (DJ Michael) - A Wonderful Musical Journey
A most delightful musical journey by an outstanding singer/song writer with a amazing soulful baritone vocals who belts out great Pop/Rock songs with much emotions. A great cd to add to anyone's music collection.
Canadian Society for Traditional Music - David Gregory -
Not traditional folksong but "in the Guthrie tradition"
Northrup's songs will be the reason why you may purchase these discs and play them again and again. The sound is clean and the quality of the musicianship is high. This is not traditional folksong, but it is, in a sense, "in the tradition". The Guthrie tradition, that is. Northrup sounds not unlike a Canadian Martyn Joseph; there were some echoes of Phil Ochs and of the younger Bob Dylan, the underground poet of Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited. Northrup's writing is not political folk music but rather an attempt to probe below the surface of society. There is an empathy with rebels and the disadvantaged, and there is a profound conviction that something has gone very wrong with the status quo. By mentioning these influences or parallels I'm trying to give some indication of the quality and originality of Northrup's best songwriting. He may not be in the same league as Joseph (let alone Dylan), but he is close, and there are some songs on these albums that really do deserve to be heard. I still like the socially conscious ones best. "It Ain't Easy", for example, which is about the religious right's attitude to homosexuality could easily become a gay anthem (perhaps it already has). "Truth Breaks Through", which, if my intuition is correct, is about AIDS, is another powerful commentary on the choices we make and the reasons for them. Listening to Cardboard Logic was not a comfortable experience, but I'm glad to have explored it. I think others will find it rewarding too. There is a lot in these song/poems about miscommunication, fear, guilt, and the harm that can come both from deceit and dishonesty. Northrup is undoubtedly a talented musician/poet with a lot to say. I will certainly be on the lookout for his next release and I hope that he will turn up on the Alberta folk festival circuit.
CD BABY/Robby - Brilliant Work From Andy Northrup!
Andy has done it again, this time for his 2nd CD. The songs all work so well and suit his voice perfectly. Some of my favorite songs from the CD are... The Love Your Heart Needs, It Ain't Easy, All to You, and Truth Breaks Through. These songs stand out in my opinion, but I do like all of the songs, honestly. As a songwriter, Andy reminds me of the great ones like Stevie Nicks, Don Henley, and Joni Mitchell who have always written from the heart and successfully convey all of this lyrically and at times inspire the listener and challenge them to read between their lines. This CD deserves to be part of your collection. It will not disappoint.
Rambles Magazine -
Here is a beautiful album of thoughtful lyrics allied to a gentle production.
The wonder of popular songs is not in their construction or performance -- it is in luck. Andy Northrup deserves that luck to allow the wider audience for good music to experience his talent.
if only one track from this album makes it on to international airwaves, let it be "These Hands." Given enough exposure -- either of this version or another recording by a well-known artist -- this song could make him an international star. It has the lot: heartfelt lyrics, effective backing and a well-honed performance.
"Truth Breaks Through" is a good story-song with a solid beat that will bring you along.
Northrup is one of those wonderful writers who makes beautiful music, tells true stories and I am sure enthralls his live audiences but needs that wider listenership that his songs deserve so much. Do your bit. Seek out this album, buy it, enjoy it and, if you have any clout with radio stations, get it played.
Outlooks Magazine - Showcases Northrup's strengths to great effect
Andy Northrup is one of those Canadian performers who holds his own as a musician, sans hype, synthesizers, or "playing the gay card". He is a singer-songwriter before all else and a good one at that. Judged on its own merit, 'Cardboard Logic' is a well-rounded collection of songs that showcase Northrup's strengths to great effect. Whether it's upbeat cuts like the album-opener "Sometimes" and "(Only Trying To) Understand" or one of his more reflective ballads like "These Hands", this Edmonton based performer's talent shines through in the most unassuming and 'comfortable' kind of way. 'Cardboard Logic" is also an excellent showcase of Northrup's skills as a lyricist. Some things in life aren't easy, but when it comes to music, Andy Northrup and his crew really do make it seem like it is.
BBC Radio Wales - Celtic Heartbeat/Frank Hennesey -
I love the album, I think it's terrific
Here's a fella I hadn't heard of until a couple of days ago. His name is Andy Northrup. He's an American I believe and he's got a new album called "Cardboard Logic" - it's pretty dark. I particularly like this track it's called "These Hands".
Well, what do you think eh? A drop of a real clanger there? He's Canadian, of course he is, it's got Canada written all over it. I shouldn't have said he was an American, that's a heinous crime that is, it's like calling a Welshman English, don't do it, just don't do it.
So Andy I'm sorry about that but I love the album, I think it's terrific, I think the songs are absolutely, some of them are quite dark but I think it's just great and hopefully we'll be playing more from that in the new year.
Bernard Jones sent me a letter with it that informed me of the Canadian singer and songwriter Andy Northrup, and Bernard I hope you let Andy know that he's broken on BBC Radio Wales."
AfterElton.com /Robert Urban -
The compelling follow-up to the critically acclaimed "Slow Burn Avenue"
The tone for Andy Northrup's compelling new 12 song CD, Cardboard Logic, released in January this year, is set by the song lyrics it "It Ain't Easy." "You think it's easy, you think it's plain/ You think the frown upon my face/ Implies the faggot knows his place/ And it's that easy." This accomplished gay singer/songwriter hails from the Edmonton area in Alberta, Canada. Over the years, Northrup has written or co-written a catalogue of over 100 songs. He has also made a name for himself as a professional stage actor. As a composer/lyricist Northrup has collaborated on works for musical theater and the prestigious Edmonton Symphony. His previous CD was the critically acclaimed Slow Burn Avenue in 2001.
In realizing his latest effort, Northrup has assembled a cast of expert players to achieve a genuine folksy, bluegrass, truckin, and soft-rock sound. With Northrup on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, the album also features a core backup band of Pat Campbell on electric guitar, Ed Garrick on bass and Gordon Marshall on drums. There's also guest mandolin, fiddle and accordion onboard to help set the down-home, mostly country mood. Between the cozy, harmony-rich vocals and the band's percolating music, Cardboard Logic offers a sonic experience that could surely keep one warm on a frosty, Alberta night. Several of the CD's tunes, like "Wondering" and "The Love Your Heart Needs" have pop-hit single appeal.
As a singer, Northrup possesses a soothing, friendly, butch baritone. His "buddy/older brother" vocal delivery is reminiscent of the softer side of Harry Chapin's and Bruce Springsteen's early, 1950s-influenced work, and will especially appeal to gay male listeners who enjoy masculine "regular guy" type singer/songwriters. As a self-identified "bear" musical artist, Northrup has already developed a considerable following in the gay ursine community.
Readily apparent in Northrup's songwriting are influences of Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Christopher Cross, Roy Orbison, as well as the above-mentioned Chapin and Springsteen. There's also an uncanny musical kinship to another Canadian singer-songwriter: Dan Hill of "Sometimes When We Touch" fame.
Ah, but herein lies the difference (if not the rub). Cardboard Logic's easy-listening sound, Northrup's pleasant singing, and the breezy way his music is executed contrast sharply with the very dark, depressing lyrics contained within. In his voice, his appearance, and his musical styling's, Northrup may come off as a laid-back, down-to-earth "man's man," but his lyrics expose an intense and painful emotional vulnerability lurking beneath the otherwise easy-going surface.
Several of the CD's songs lament men's inability to form genuine, compassionate relationships. Other tracks decry men's unwillingness to be open about their sexuality. To this listener it appears that Northrup has endured impossible and unrequited love with straight and/or closeted men in his life. Additionally, he seems to have suffered from relationships that were only sexual in nature, with no underlying romance or understanding.
Northrup pointedly and skillfully crafts all this pain into his art. Check out the tracks "All to You," "Harsh, but True," and my personal favorite, the rockin "The Truth Breaks Through." For many gay men who've gone through similar sorrows, these songs will strike a familiar, bittersweet chord.
In fact, loneliness, somber thoughts, emotional insecurity, conflicted feelings, world pessimism, and an unsure sense about things in life haunt nearly every song on Cardboard Logic. The album contains repeated references to "hiding" (as in hiding the truth), and to "pills" (as in taking them to block the anguish). Northrup's sensitivities are those of a classic, Kierkegaardian existentialist with a social anxiety disorder. As expressed in his lyrics, the two personality types become blurred.
If others share my first reaction upon hearing Cardboard Logic, guys (and even gals) from all over are going to want to dash up to Canada and give this heavy-hearted guy a big bear hug.
My complaints with this CD are few and minor. There are so many people thanked in the booklet liner notes that the gesture loses its meaning. The space might have been put to better use accommodating larger-sized printed lyrics, because the text font is so small one has to use a magnifying glass (if not a microscope) to read them. I'm also not sure the name "Cardboard Logic" aptly describes the overall gist of the songs contained within, but listeners can make their own decision on this.
CD BABY/R Wolff -
A well thought out and heartfelt record
I bought the CD last December at CD Baby. A very well thought out and heart-felt record. You prove that you do not need big bucks to make big records. Sometimes I feel like music is getting more and more restricted. But it is good to hear music that leaves an impression. People like you using traditional means to make music that lasts longer than what passes for popular music these days.
Chicago Free Press/Gregg Shapiro -
Canadian singer/songwriter Andy Northrup's songs have a touch of the twang on 'Cardboard Logic'
Edmonton Journal/Roger Levesque - hitting at the heart
Northrup's energetic folk-rock sound and wordplay deserve wider notice!
"Cardboard Logic leans towards social and political themes at points, hitting at the heart of the issues on a personal level. Northrup's honest, inquiring viewpoint, energetic folk-rock sound and depth of wordplay deserve wider notice."
WVGN National Public Radio - US Virgin Islands - A very entertaining CD
Thank you for your very entertaining CD.
Stonewall Society -
Delivers Northrup punch, poignant lyrics and wonderful music
When it slips your mind that it is all about the music, and that, is all about the art, Andy Northrup is a welcome beacon of that message. Continuing his standard established with "Slow Burn Avenue", the much anticipated �Cardboard Logic" delivers Northrup punch, poignant lyrics, and wonderful music. Known for his stage roles in his native Canada, Andy brings both theatrical savvy and lyrical art to his melodious songs. Making his music a rich and totally encompassing experience. Andy Northrup's music and lyrics capture the imagination and stay with you.
"Cardboard Logic" is a generous helping of twelve Northrup songs. True to his theatre background Andy delivers an honest beginning and end. Opening and closing "Cardboard Logic" with "Sometimes" a twice told song of diverse outlook and feel. In the beginning more up tempo and optimistic. The closing version more dark, more questioning. A brilliant alpha and omega to showcase this talent heavy CD. And it just gets better and better from number one. "These Hands" continues Northrup's cycle with an intense and insightful glimpse into the common man, the everyday worker as he faces the inevitable. This is gold Northrup music time!
Each track delivers you to the next with a warm welcome and enticing message. The flavors and themes vary but the quality and depth are solid throughout. Andy brings his thought provoking style to a broad array of topics. With lyrics which at once take a stand and then create a deeper meaning. Enhanced by music which carries the message effortlessly with emotion and point. Just one example. Not one to back away from controversy, Andy delivers a passionate message with , "It Ain't Easy". An empowered anthem addressing homophobia and its various forms and effects. Brought by musical accompaniment which envelopes as Andy delivers his message against the hate. That is the "hold and deliver" magic of Andy Northrup's talent. "Concrete Alibi" again a prime illustration of Andy's power to deliver an awesome message of relationships, love and loss but with engaging music which says wait, stop, and listen. And of course you are very glad you did.
CD BABY/Dave Montana - Andy Northrup has awaken a part of me!
Andy Northrup has awaken a part of me I thought had died. His lyrics are phenomenal and not the normal "I love you, Please love me back" stuff, but about things that make you question your existence and purpose in life. I don't have enough words to describe what his music has done to me. It is almost a spiritual experience!
Ireland's Rambles.net/Nicky Rossiter - unique blend of socially relevant lyrics wrapped within folk & roots oriented rock.
says this about Cardboard Logic "Northrup is one of those wonderful writers who makes beautiful music, tells true stories and I am sure enthralls his live audiences but needs that wider listenership that his songs deserve so much. Do your bit. Seek out this album, buy it, enjoy it and, if you have any clout with radio stations, get it played." "Cardboard Logic" has been voted Number 1 album of the year for 2005 at Outvoice.net. Andy Northrup is voted by the USA's Stonewall Society as their "Musical Artist of the Year" for 2005 with Andy's tune "It Ain't Easy" voted as "PRIDE Song of the Year" 2005. Andy Northrup is back with a new song cycle that builds on the strengths of his first effort "Slow Burn Avenue" ("a sterling debut" - Larry Flick, Billboard Aug 2002). Cardboard Logic is already receiving rave reviews from Canadian publications like the Edmonton Journal ("Cardboard Logic leans towards social and political themes at points, hitting at the heart of the issues on a personal level. Northrup's honest, inquiring viewpoint, energetic folk-rock sound and depth of wordplay deserve wider notice." - Roger Levesque) and Outlooks magazine ("Cardboard Logic is a well-rounded collection of songs that showcase Northrup's strengths to great effect." - David Crosson), not to mention Canadian radio like the CBC, CJSR-Edmonton and CKUA. More great international reviews have been received from the U.S.'s Stonewall Society's Len Rogers and BBC Radio Wales' Frank Hennesey. With this new album, Northrup continues to challenge and entertain fans and critics alike through his unique blend of socially relevant lyrics wrapped within his enticing blend of folk and roots oriented rock. Cardboard Logic has already garnered the strong support of one of Western Canada's premiere folk critics - Andy Donnelly of CKUA Radio's "The Celtic Show". In Mr. Donnelly's praise for this new disc he commented that "the album is lyrically brilliant, musically great and features three exceptional tracks that all qualify as 'singles'." Mr. Donnelly went on to single out the poignant ballad of the common labourer, "These Hands", the fiercely stated stance against homophobia "It Ain't Easy", and the number that both opens and closes the album "Sometimes." Always looking to challenge his listeners, Northrup has recorded two versions of "Sometimes," - the first is bright and optimistic with the second version, the album closing bonus track, being more reflective and wistful. Frank Hennesey of BBC Wales' "Celtic Heartbeat" chimes in with airplay of "These Hands" and echos Donnelly's comments regarding the song. Here's what Frank had to say about the new disc: "I love the album, I think it's terrific, I think the songs are absolutely, some of them are quite dark and pretty intense, but I think it's just great and hopefully we'll be playing more from that in the new year." Edmonton's CBC 740 AM's Lydia Neufeld states that "folks have been eagerly anticipating Northrup's follow-up to 'Slow Burn Avenue' and it doesn't disappoint." Along with the insightful ballads that Northrup has become known for, Cardboard Logic brings to light Northrup's amazing up-tempo sensibilities. His new disc is peppered with a number of up-tempo songs including the character driven "Wondering", the eyebrow raising free-form lyric of "Quicksand Decay", and the searing commentary on our current political climate "Only trying to Understand." Northrup's new effort deserves to be part of your collection and a listen to the clips
on your left will be all that's needed to convince you. Please enjoy!
COLEEN/Music And Play Canada/Video Review
Sounding fabulous Andy. Good clean sound and clear lyrics. Loved the sites you chose - made me miss Edmonton.
Chris Rivera/Listener Review
Really enjoyed listening, deep songs. Andy Northrup should be famous!
Lisa Fraley/Listener Review
Exceptional collection of songs. Andy is a breath of fresh air in today's music smog!
Todd Van Harmon/SongFolk Journal
As I began to listen to Andy Northrup's new CD release "Making My Way", I found there was something about him that just cuts through to the raw emotion. At first I thought it was his vocals, there aren't any bells and whistles or special effects, and his voice really grabs your attention. Then I started listening to the lyrics of his songs, I was intrigued. The title cut "Making My Way" really set the direction of the CD as he sings about making his way through life's obstacles, it has become one of my favorites, and the accompanying video is also well done. The song "I've Been Busy" has 2 edits; the radio edit and the "explicit" original; it's a huge hit song if it ever got the chance. Unfortunately the explicit original is the one that really strikes at the core with its one word profanity and attitude, we can all relate. The song "Old With You" holds such a great sentiment, it reminded me a little of when Country music used to be fantastic, back when Vince Gill and the Sweethearts Of The Rodeo ruled. I'm not much into ballads, but "Stay If You Want To" is one of the best I've ever heard or reviewed (and I've heard a lot!). The nuances of this song gave me chills, and again Andy's raw emotion really hit a home run, another huge song if it ever got the chance. "Give Up On You" also reached inside me, but I was so enamored by "Stay If You Want To" that I had a hard time concentrating on it.
I was familiar with Andy Northrup from his past releases nearly a decade ago. Andy is not a Folk singer in the traditional sense, but he's not country either. Though he hails from Canada, there's a lot of what is called Americana Roots music that runs through his blood. What I know is that Andy Northrup is a prolific songwriter that compares to the likes of Kristofferson, Dylan, Lightfoot and Prine. Andy's vocals are sincere and flawed to raw perfection. Finally what I've discovered is that Andy Northrup has lived his life harder than most, and has plenty of hard learned wisdom to share about being a mortal human. Don't miss this one!
ANNA SOMMERVILLE/Listener Review
LUE 42 ENTERPRISES/LINDA WOOD EDWARDS
It's FANTASTIC, Buy it now!
ROGER LEVESQUE, EDMONTON JOURNAL.COM JULY 4, 2012
Versatile Northrup - Like photographs that show more detail as you enlarge them,
's songs tend to reveal more beneath the surface when you listen closely. Which is no surprise when you consider the man's multi-faceted career. By day he's a former social worker turned consultant with Service Canada. On his off-hours he's an award-winning actor, singer and songwriter who has written for stage and screen and three notable recordings including the new CD called 'Making My Way'. At first listen the disc offers often upbeat songs about friendships and relationships, cast in an appealing folk-rock style. On the second spin you may hit something darker. Beyond the straightforward love songs he addresses issues like addiction (House of Cards, I've Been Busy), depression (What's Inside) or a sense of community (Old With You, inspired in part by his times volunteering for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Northern Lights Folk Club). Northrup underlines that his songs are not all autobiographical. His previous albums Slow Burn Avenue (2000) and Cardboard Logic (2005) showed he's a deft observer, and he admits his work is informed by his background in social work.
'Making My Way' reflects Northrup's new collaboration with co-producer-musicians James Murdoch and Chris Wynters, with added help from guitarist Nathan Carroll and keyboardist David Aide among others. It's been a long wait for this latest installment of the songwriter's stories but it feels like his most personal, rewarding collection yet.
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D. McKinney/Listener Review
This CD was so worth the wait! Andy's songs are so insightful! I read where someone used the word "honest" in their review and I'd have to say that was right on the money. My new "favorite" CD!
Borne of hard experience, newfound maturity marks Northrup's return to recording. His tightly Country Folk songwriting style won't leave anyone gasping for breath about it's head-spinning invention or incisive insight - in other words, it's a fairly conventional set. But two aspects stand out: Since he was last heard from half a decade ago, Northrup's singing has gained a confidence earned from hard knocks. Scars from battles survived remain discernible, with an audible weariness which hasn�t outworn it's welcome. Concurrently his lyrics have risen to meet the challenges of communicating his more complicated life. "Stay If You Want To" and "You Hold The Cards" are just two titles that hint at Northrup's state of mind, but "Give Up On You" is NOT so obviously what you might think. In a smart move that's all too rare, Northrup provides both an uncensored and a "Radio Edit" version of the album highlight "I've Been Busy". The uncensored version is a laugh-out-loud now, stifle one's choking-up emotions later experiemce which captures a rarely admitted to aspect of any stressed-out individual's typical life: "It's nice to see you here, / I wonder why it took so long / You were saying how I'm looking tired / You wonder what brought that about... I/ Well I've been busy fucking up/ Busy fucking up / And worried 'bout the choices that I make. / I've been dreading every dream / Trying to stay afloat... // That's OK, you don't have to care / And I'll be fine if I can figure out / just what it is I need to learn... "I recognize that man! He's trying to make sense of his life with a sense of humor, trying to accept it as-is, but neither acceptance nor so-called common sense come easily to all of us, never mind becoming our strong suit. Good work, Andy, for finding the right words to express being an inarticulate mess. Thanks Northrup for kindly mailing me his CD.
I really enjoy this album on all kinds of levels. I/'m quite selective in my listening habits in the car and Making My Way is one of two CDs I have in regular rotation as I drive - the other is a Bob Marley album so Andy is in very good company. The title track is brilliant and resonates with me in so many ways - as do most of the other skillfully composed and performed songs. Andy/'s skills as a songwriter are amazing. I find myself humming the tunes for hours after listening to the album and every time I/'m actually listening to the songs, the poetry of Andy/'s words finds a place in my psyche and hits home - depending on my mood they can be uplifting or, at times, very leveling. This to me is the signature of an amazing writer and performer. The songs mean something to me on a very deep level - and not always the same thing, the depth of emotions evoked is amazing. There is always a sense that Andy is writing from the heart, not just stringing words together but putting himself into every word and exposing himself for the world to see and hear. I/'ve been listening to this album for a while now and I don/'t find myself growing tired of listening to it. Great work Andy, can/'t wait to see the new video.
Len Rogers/Stonewall Society
You know that great feeling. The one you get when talking to a long absent friend. The feeling that hits the moment when you both realize that it seems just like yesterday. No difficulty in talking. No uncomfortable moments. You just pick up where you left off years ago. That is precisely the reaction I had when I first listened to "Making My Way". I expected a positive experience, no doubt. My expectations are met and beyond. Admittedly a fan from Andy Northrup's first two CD's, I was anxious to hear what a few years of musical absence would bring. I say musical but mean new CD to be specific. (While we may have missed new music that is not to say this multi-faceted artist has not been creating.) To be honest the word missed or missing does not even apply to the listening experience.. In addition to a fine vocal delivery, Andy Northrup has a unique and wonderful ability at story telling. His specialty is to share that story with music. I am reminded of the Woody Guthrie style of observance and sharing. The "everyman" quality to Guthrie's works are echoed in "Making My Way". Even present in the title maybe? Northrup like Guthrie has a sincere way of seeing and sharing what he see in the lives around him. Not always a life he knows well. It may just be a fleeting moment in a public square or a chance meeting in a bar. However, Andy Northrup can take that brief encounter and create a musical vision. Complete with vibrancy, emotion, and depth. It seems the songs Andy sings are personal, close to him. Things he may have done or experienced. That is just a part of the Northrup charm and magic. Andy draws you in, includes you. His stories are something to which many can relate. That makes perfect sense as Andy's stories and music are many times about the world around him. "Making My Way" is a strong and worthy CD. Andy Northrup fans will be thrilled with the familiar depth, wide diversity of possibilities, sincere and sometimes tender delivery that is Andy Northrup.
Jill Violette/Listener Review
If you are interested in Canadian Music check out Andy Northrup 's new album. Marc and I really enjoyed it and have posted our review for your consideration. Way to go Andy - another great album!!!! 'Making My Way' is the third album by country folk singer-songwriter Andy Northrup. Although a departure from his early work, fans will certainly appreciate the optimism of carefully scripted lyrics and melodic tones emanating from a voice that shines with clarity and a word well spoken. By incorporating a plethora of human emotions on this album, Andy's music has the ability to draw in a variety of people, regardless of mood or feeling. The progression of Andy's albums over time seems to mimic life itself; whereas the albums 'Slow Burn Avenue' and 'Cardboard Logic' spoke of love lost and life struggles, the message of 'Making My Way' is one of hope, forgiveness, and moving on, as demonstrated in the song 'Old With You': "I want to get old with you; And make more mistakes; And enjoy life from the comfort of your warm embrace; I get to be who I am; In all I try to do; And if I should all fall down I know just where I'm running to; Cause (sic) I get to get old with you". As always, Andy's guitar picking does not disappoint, combining the familiar country, folk, and blues riffs together to make the strings of his music come alive. The title track is one that could easily be heard playing on the radio, with a head-bopping beat and a moving country rhythm. There are also enough slow rhythm songs to keep the album interesting; the songs 'Maybe This Time' and 'Once Again' provide a brief audible relief of the raw emotion one cannot help but feel when listening to this album. The only critical item to mention is the choice to include the censored version of 'I've Been Busy'; the lyrical content would have had more impact with the original version. Nonetheless, the lyrics to this track successfully draw the listener into a place that is often difficult for men to relate, one of self-deprecation and the willingness to admit fault. 'Making My Way' is definitely a heart-felt album to listen to when life has thrown at you everything it has, and still, you need a reason to keep on going. I encourage Andy to continue the route he has chosen for himself; he has proven that Canadian music does not have to be dull and flat, and his contributions to the genre will be appreciated by generations.
Robert Cozzi/Listener Review
Hi Andy,I am down in North Carolina visiting my parents and we havew played your CD twice already. My Dad says to tell you that he is a fan,...and he usually just likes the old music from the 1950's. I think your record sounds great. I love "Steal Your Blues"...and "I've Been Busy" stands out too...the whole record is very well written and performed..and the sound is just first rate,,,it's impressive work, Andy...=) PS: I am going to have to order another copy for my Dad..and maybe you can sign it for him? Let me know.
Rick Chris/The Studio Of Rick Chris
Your voice is very masculine, gentle and seductive. In places I think I hear a channeling of a young Jim Croce. And of course, you are still rather hunk-ish. Your lyrics are very intelligent, thought out and obviously come from that place in the mind we call the heart. A far cry from Ga-ga or Katy Perry. In particular, some lyrics in "Old With You" caught me. "And now I'm looking at these kids - And they don't care about the past or what we did - But in the not too distant days - The wheels of life will spin and they won't have a say". Those words can apply to so many things nowadays, particularly to younger generations who have no idea how things were and how quickly things can change.
Bear Radio Network
Andy has penned some of his best tunes
honest, prolific and timeless
R New House Entertainment
Reflects the imagery of a hard-lived, well seasoned life
Gail Connors/Listener Review
Life, with deep heartfelt emotion set to music
this Andy Northrup CD is why we all listen to music