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Dance Album

by Andy & Di

A sizzling collection of Ballroom and Latin American Dance Tracks by this British Belgian Folk Pop Duo. Inspiring and entertaining lyrics, gorgeous close harmony vocals, luscious strings and irresistable rhythms make you want to "Get Up and Dance".
Genre: Easy Listening: Ballroom
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Desiderata (English Waltz)
4:56 $0.99
2. One Step At A Time (English Waltz)
2:59 $0.99
3. Look At the Moon (Quickstep)
3:34 $0.99
4. Mason's Apron (Quickstep)
3:08 $0.99
5. She Said (Cha Cha Cha)
4:30 $0.99
6. I'm Only In Love With Myself (Cha Cha Cha)
4:40 $0.99
7. Dance With Me (Tango)
5:07 $0.99
8. Song of Joy (Jive)
3:33 $0.99
9. For Those Who Do Without (Rumba)
3:21 $0.99
10. You Don't Love Me Anymore (Rumba)
6:03 $0.99
11. Cradle to Cradle (Viennese Waltz)
3:31 $0.99
12. Let Yourself Go (Samba)
3:50 $0.99
13. Give Me The Paso Doble (Paso Doble)
3:19 $0.99
14. Not Enough Time (Slow Foxtrot)
3:42 $0.99
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Album Notes
Belgium's best-kept secret ANDY & DI are a British Belgian Duo who continue to astound and excite since their formation in 1995. Words like “spontaneous humour, inspirational, seriously different, a fresh breeze, and unique ambience” constantly spring off the lips of their audiences. Their latest incarnation is as a "Folk-Comedy Duo" but they defy anyone to put them in a box and classify their music. It is best to examine their roots. ANDY was born in the Beatles City of Liverpool and was brought up in the local Irish Community. He immersed himself in Folk and Rock Music but simultaneously had an intensive classical education on the violin. DI was born near the City of Antwerp and has an unique warm voice and a captivating stage presence. This dance album came about when during dance lessons at their local dance school in Belgium, Andy suddenly got the urge to write Rumbas and Tangos. He approached the director Guido De Smet for advice and that started him on a new journey of exploration into the world of dance music. Every month Andy would come with samples of his work for appraisal and often Ilse, the wife of Guido would play them at practice sessions. “There is no greater kick in the world than watching beautiful dancers dancing to a new composition”. Many songs that had not been recorded on their previous albums suddenly found a new home. All the songs are in strict tempo and correct rhythm in accordance with the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) and are perfectly danceable from beginners to advanced. This album is ANDY & DI meets Ballroom and Latin American Dancing and as such is TOTALLY DIFFERENT from other dance albums. Every song “lives” and in many cases has already been performed successfully with just a guitar or piano. But now with entire orchestras and driving rhythm sections it achieves a punch and power that singers, musicians and dancers dream of.

The album starts with a setting of “Desiderata”, the inspirational poem of Max Ehrmann. But this is no ordinary English Waltz. A pulsating tapestry of electronic and acoustic rhythms support the soaring close-harmony vocals wafting the listener and dancer along to the transendental climax, “And it is, a Beautiful World, be Careful, Strive to be Happy!” Another English Waltz follows, this time totally a capella, just pure voices. This is a meditation on the theme, “One Step at a Time” Very useful when you’re faced with a challenge like learning a new dance step! Two Quicksteps follow, the first, “Look at the Moon” is a whimsical look at romance. A couple meet under the moonlight but they end up getting more than they bargained for! The second Quickstep is an instrumental. a virtuoso arrangement of “The Mason’s Apron”, an Irish reel that features Andy on violin and Di on Bodhran and Tibetan hand cymbals! “She Said” is a frivolous Cha Cha Cha about a couple who can’t make up their minds and “I’m Only In Love With Myself” is a highly humorous look ar egotism and self-deceit. So you can dance the Cha Cha Cha and laugh along with yourself. “Dance With Me” is a passionate Tango and conveys all the yearnings and desires of this most sensual of dances. “Song of Joy” is an exciting Jive and is Andy’s answer to Beethoven’s Ode to Joy! The dancer is invited not only to feel the Joy but to be the Joy. If this doesn’t bring you to a state of ecstacy then there is no hope! Two absolutely beautiful Rumbas follow, “For Those Who Do Without,” a tender and compassionate song about poverty and hardship while “You Don’t Love Me Anymore” is a philosophical journey in search of real love. Both songs feature Di’s voice at her spine-tingling best, soaring high above the bongos and guitars, moving more than just our hearts but connecting with us on a soul level. “Cradle to Cradle” is the world’s first Ecological Viennese Waltz. Inspired by the work of William McDonough and Michael Braungart it reminds us of important ecological concepts which may just save our planet! “Let Yourself Go” is an exciting Samba that just builds and builds till everything rips loose. “Give Me The Paso Doble” tells the story of a squeamish matador who can’t stand the sight of blood and “Not Enough Time” is an elegant Slow Foxtrot.



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Alex Henderson

Andy & Di Dance Album
The publicity bio that Andy & Di sent out to the media with Dance Album boldly states that they “defy anyone to put them in a box and classify their music.” Coming from many other artists, such a dare would not be advisable; the music world is full of artists who like to think that their music is unique and “beyond category” when, in fact, they are very easy to categorize. In the case of Andy & Di (Andy is British but lives with his Flemish wife Di in Belgium ), that dare is entirely justified because this intriguing, unpredictable album really is difficult to categorize and pin down stylistically. In terms of influences, this male/female duo is all over the place. Perhaps the most accurate description of Dance Album would be “a quirky, eccentric, humorous blend of folk-rock, art rock, lounge music and world music.” Make no mistake: oddball humor is an important part of what Andy & Di do on this 2010 release. The Spanish-influenced “Give Me the Paso Doble,” for example, is a goofy description of a bullfighter that is having reservations about his profession and is wondering if perhaps he should have chosen a line of work in which the possibility of getting gored is not an occupational hazard. “I'm Only in Love With Myself” is about a man and a woman who are so comically self-absorbed that they could never learn to love one another.

“World music,” of course, is a very broad, far-reaching term that can be used to describe anything from mariachi musicians in Mexico City to Celtic bands in Dublin to bouzouki players in Athens or Thessaloniki. And on Dance Album, world music isn’t just one thing; it is many different things. Andy & Di incorporate everything from Afro-Cuban music on “You Don't Love Me Anymore” (which also has hints of doo wop) and “I'm Only in Love With Myself” to Argentinean tango on “Dance With Me” to Brazilian samba on “Let Yourself Go.” The Belgium-based duo get a lot of inspiration from Latin music on this album, but they also have plenty of world music influences from outside of Latin America. “Cradle to Cradle” has some German cabaret appeal as well as some Celtic appeal, and there is also Celtic appeal on the traditional Irish piece “Mason’s Apron Quickstep” (which is an instrumental on an album that is dominated by vocal offerings). But Andy & Di approach “Mason’s Apron Quickstep” in a way that isn’t strictly Irish, and their version reminds listeners of the link between Celtic music and American folk, bluegrass and country. Many years ago, the jigs, reels and airs that immigrants brought to the United States from Scotland and Ireland helped to pave the way for everyone from the Carter Family to Bill Monroe to Woody Guthrie to Ernest Tubb; the folk traditions of the British Isles were the basis for American folk, bluegrass and country, and by giving “Mason’s Apron Quickstep” both Celtic appeal and bluegrass appeal, Andy & Di demonstrate that they are well aware of that fact.

Another musical link that Andy & Di are obviously aware of is the link between Spanish paso doble and the Arabic music of North Africa and the Middle East. “Give Me the Paso Doble” has both Spanish elements and Arabic elements, which makes sense because the music of Andalucia and Castilla-La Mancha owes a lot to North African, Middle Eastern and Arabic music.

For all its eccentricity and quirkiness, Dance Album is quite musical; there is always a method to Andy & Di’s madness. Dance Album is also quite accessible; from “Not Enough Time” to “Look at the Moon” to “Desiderata,” the material is easy to absorb. Andy & Di might be a couple of musical oddballs, but they are musical oddballs who know what they are doing and have a sense of purpose. And that combination of musicality and eccentricity makes this album both fun and memorable.

Review by Alex Henderson