Andrew Rosas | 23rd and 2

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23rd and 2

by Andrew Rosas

Warm classic power pop with a contemporary feel and sweet folk rock highlights. Melodies that grab you and harmonies that hold you.
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Looking Out
3:06 $0.99
2. 23rd and 2
2:25 $0.99
3. Your Concern
4:31 $0.99
4. Grasp The Nettle
3:26 $0.99
5. Say It's You
3:07 $0.99
6. All Night
3:13 $0.99
7. Western Scene
1:53 $0.99
8. Western Scene (part 2)
1:44 $0.99
9. Everything That You Say
3:17 $0.99
10. Keep On Moving
2:49 $0.99
11. Southern Hymn
4:18 $0.99
12. Nowhere Fast
2:04 $0.99
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Album Notes
23rd and 2 is the debut album from local Austin singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Andrew Rosas. Content with a Telecaster or beat up acoustic, Rosas crafts luminous pop with a slightly rough edge. The opening number “Looking Out” dives right in with the bright guitars and crisp harmonies that grab the ear. The lush title track “23rd and 2” follows as a powerful example of what great pop can be. The sound of the acoustic tracks harkens back to the dawning of power-pop balladry, “Say It’s You” and the achingly simple “Your Concern” ring with tinges of Chris Bell influence and others like the haunting yet hopeful “Southern Hymn” recall the simple elegance of George Harrison. The album is not without its rock n’ roll fervor though; “Everything That You Say” turns up the amps, kicks in the quintessential power-pop harmonies, and cues the Bonham heavy drum licks. The songwriting brings the record together with an encompassing sense of youthful innocence balanced with tenderness and maturity.

---"Looking Out"- the opening track on this excellent debut album- begins simply enough. A spare guitar riff comes in, a pounding drum fill follows and when the song explodes into existence with a wave of vocal harmonies- you're instantly won over by it. This instant affection is pretty much true with every track on the record- most especially the lovely title track which comes complete with hand claps and a pitch perfect opening line... "No one's got a light for me/But I'm shining". It's an anthem for every unknown indie artist hoping to write someone's favorite song.

In a lot of ways, this is Big Star meets Jon Brion. But in a way that manages to pay homage and not sound derivitave. It's an album with the ability to be rock, power pop and even a bit country within the same song without collapsing in on itself. But the true feat here is the seemingly effortless execution of these eleven tracks. This is not a case of an artist recording a hundred songs and picking a handful of singles then calling it an "album". These are songs that belong together. Even the pair of instrumentals feels essential to the experience. But if there's one aspect for musicians to be jealous of- it's the fact that by not deliberately trying to wow his audience, Rosas does exactly that."--- Mr. Films

---"Rosas has a voice that splits the difference between Alex Chilton and Chris Bell, and he has the stop-start guitar sound of those two down to a science."---

"With all due respect to Teenage Fanclub, The Posies, et. al., Andrew Rosas’ '23rd and 2' may be the most striking homage to Big Star yet . Most of the songs have a riff or a texture that’ll put you in mind of Alex Chilton, Chris Bell and company at their best – and, as we like to say at Kool Kat, 'that’s a good thing!' Opener 'Looking Out' lurches forward on a riff right out of 'In The Street,' as does 'Everything That You Say,' which also has some of the drama of Big Star's 'Feel.' The title track recalls both 'Back Of A Car' and Chris Bell’s 'I Am The Cosmos.' 'Your Concern' has the gentle guitar textures of tracks like '13' and places a haunting synth at key points, much like Andy Hummel’s 'The India Song' on '#1 Record' does. Some tracks, like the closing instrumental, 'Nowhere First,' are built on a foundation of tack piano straight out of the Jim Dickinson school. 'Keep On Moving' is driving jangle-rock ala Big Star pupils Let’s Active. The fact that Rosas, like Big Star (and Let’s Active), is from the American South – in his case, Austin, Texas – gives his album a bit more authenticity than that managed by Big Star’s various Scottish acolytes, wonderful as they are – though Andrew replaces the Memphis soul feel that peppers Big Star’s repertoire with a light roots coating by employing such touches as lap steel. Writing new material that stands up to the best of Chilton and Bell isn’t easy, but Andrew Rosas has done Big Star’s legacy – and himself – proud. Don’t miss this one!" - Baron Saturday (Kool Kat Musik)



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