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Slow Burn Avenue

by Andy Northrup

"Palpably sophisticated, he infuses an earthy, I've-lived-every-word sincerity, A STERLING DEBUT." (Larry Flick, Billboard) Sparkles with energy and sincerity (Roger Levesque, Edmonton Journal)
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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2. Slow Burn Avenue
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3. Leave It Behind
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4. Being The Joke
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5. Normal
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6. Conspiracy
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7. Desperate
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8. Never Alone (Till Tonight)
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9. The Moment That You Know
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10. The Long Drive Home
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11. Peace of Mind
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12. Slow Burn Avenue - Remix
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13. The Moment That You Know - Remix
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FLASH FLASH - 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" for 2005 which can be found on Northrup's latest release "Cardboard Logic".

FLASH - Northrup's new disc "Cardboard Logic" is up and selling check it out at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/anorthrup2

FLASH*FLASH Andy Northrup's "Slow Burn Avenue" has just been reviewed in Larry Flick's "Continental Drift" column in the August 24, 2002 issue of Billboard magazine. Thanks to Larry for finding the album and giving it a serious spin.

It was recently announced that "Slow Burn Avenue" placed in the #3 slot for the top GLBT albums for the year 2003 at www.outvoice.com the leading GLBT chart. Andy has also recently won a 2002 Stonewall Society Pride Award. Specifically Andy's song "Being the Joke" has won the Genre Award for this year. Thanks to the Stonewall Society for their recognition of our music and also for their work in human rights and tolerance issues.

Roger Levesque, host of CJSR's "Planet Shift" and reporter for the Edmonton Journal did an article for the Journal on the CD Celebration for "Slow Burn Avenue".

Here's what he had to say:

"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."

David Crosson - Editor of "Outlooks" magazine has this to say about the album:

"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."

"He's Bruce Springsteen with 'fag' on his t-shirt; Bob Dylan with a shrunken hypothalamus. 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."

Slow Burn Avenue has just jumped into the #3 spot with a bullet on www.outvoice.com 's top 40 chart of out artists.

Northrup also writes for musical theatre, film and lately has written text for classical choral composition.

FLASH - Northrup's 'Slow Burn Avenue' hits #1 on http://www.outvoice.com 's Top 40 for March 10, 2002 and remains at Number 1 for the third week in a row as of March 25, 2002.

Flash March 28, 02 - Great new review from Midwest-Ursine in Chicago Il. Check it out at Andy's website in the reviews section.

Outvoice.net for the week of April 15, 2002! Edmonton's Andy Northrup Makes U-Turn Back to Number One on "Slow Burn Avenue" Andy Northrup's "Slow Burn Avenue" is pricking up ears and finding radio play across the U.S. much to the delight of the Canadian folk rocker. The album is garnering rave reviews for Northrup's honest songwriting and social commentary, with LGBT radio shows stateside spinning his "Conspiracy." Meaty, weighty, well-crafted tunes, well worth your time."

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Len - Stonewall Society's Equal Pride

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.
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William Gregory - Midwest-ursine

This is disc is a folk rock treasure that brings to mind the Eagles at their bes
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.

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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.
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Billboard Magazine's Larry Flick

Feeling the Burn of a sterling debut
FEELING THE BURN: 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 weav-ing 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, seem-ingly simplistic
surface. But once you investigate the material clos-er, 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 partic-ularly 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. Particu-larly 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, unde-niably 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 fanbase could be his
for the taking. For more information, visit the artist's Web site
(anorthrup.com).
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Jason Serinus (Bay Area Reporter, San Diego Update)

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."
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Michael D. Dowdy

Another Excellent Cd Full Of Great Songs By Andy Northup
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.
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Outvoice.com

Canadian Andy Northrup hits #2 on Outvoice's Top 40 albums of out artists with "
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. Northrup
was complimented by David Crosson, editor of Outlooks
magazine, who described him as "Bruce Springsteen with 'fag'
on his t-shirt."
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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."

"He's Bruce Springsteen with 'fag' on his t-shirt; Bob Dylan with a shrunken hypothalamus. 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."
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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."
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John Frame

Andy Northrup - 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.
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