Andy Smythe | Waiting for a Rose to Bloom

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Waiting for a Rose to Bloom

by Andy Smythe

Piano playing singer/songwriter with an angelic voice.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lost for a Little While
3:43 $0.99
2. Soul Lover
3:08 $0.99
3. English Gentleman
3:01 $0.99
4. Sweet Marie
3:33 $0.99
5. No Pasaran
4:20 $0.99
6. 7th Symphony
4:21 $0.99
7. Brothers
4:54 $0.99
8. Sap and Earth
2:40 $0.99
9. Sweet England
4:18 $0.99
10. The Way She Loved Me
3:41 $0.99
11. Football Fields of Heaven
2:44 $0.99
12. I'm a Man
3:01 $0.99
13. The Pale Blue Dot
4:00 $0.99
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A truly original artist, Andy Smythe plays the piano with a classical touch and sings with an angelic voice. The songs are inspired by England’s sceptered isle and he paints a picture of its beauty and selected history with tenderness and charm. It’s difficult to place his unique tenor vocal but perhaps Clifford T Ward or Paul McCartney spring to mind.

The 13 songs on his new solo album ‘Waiting for a Rose to Bloom’ celebrate all things English from the Beatles, to football and the pastoral scenery of his native Shropshire with the evocative ‘Sap and Earth’ and ‘Sweet England’. This is truly poetry set to music with literary influences ranging from Walt Whitman to Laurie Lee and William Blake.

Smythe also demonstrates that he has an eclectic palate and there is a unique angle on the siege of Leningrad in ‘7th symphony’, the battle of Cable Street in London’s East end in ‘No Pasaran’ and even some astrophysics in ‘The Pale Blue Dot’. There are hints of blues and jazz influences amongst the Chopin and Debussy-like flow of the piano motifs.

This is a serious foray into an emotive and personal collection of intellectually demanding songs. Perhaps Leonard Cohen meets Rufus Wainwright in his approach as Smythe unashamedly hits middle age. His earlier works include the critically acclaimed ‘Love Unspoken’ (2002) and ‘Nation of the Free’ (2010) that predominantly featured a guitar toting band inspired approach. Here he appears threadbare, exposed and vulnerable.

Take a moment to listen and then listen again, there’s something different, deep and complex circulating beneath the surface that’s worth investigating. If you choose to ‘let him in’ Smythe paints pictures with his words and melodies that will fire your imagination and capture your attention.



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