Album: Something Happened
Label: Self Released
Wearing your heart on your sleeve is an amazing attribute in a songwriter, I admire that very much, honesty and passion combined with this make for compulsive listening. Antonio is a great storyteller, compelling, he obviously enjoys doing what he does, I can see him smile in this release, and through that it makes me want to smile back. That is a pretty cool result if you ask me for any songwriter to be able to achieve.
A Pennsylvania-based singer-songwriter and guitarist, Andrade has released five full-length albums. Something Happened, his latest, reflects his passion and joy of performing these songs. Its 11 tracks are a mix of originals, a co-write and classic cover cuts. Recorded at The Green Room, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this release has managed to capture the joy and connectivity to the audience that Andrade strives for in each performance, I felt his energy in the room with me every time I pressed play. The arrangements are worth noting also, Antonio manages to make the cover versions his own, and importantly, his songs fit seamlessly between these tracks, with beautiful playing, there are passages that are spacious and airy at times, less is more I always say, and he delivers throughout, deft playing and choice of instrumentation are a strong point of the release too.
Stand out tracks for me are the title track ' Something Happened ', I related so much to the storyline brilliantly told in song, and the second track ' Bended Elbow, Bended Knee ' will have anyone coming from a small town thinking and relating to the tale, ' it could be you or it might be me ' says Antonio, with great harmony arrangements in the track it really conjures up vivid imagery, whether to choose a bar or a church to confess in, makes a very cleverly constructed narration. It could be me for sure !
Folk tinged, a touch of rock, a pinch of americana, it's a pretty cool mix and add to that a song performed in Spanish ' Meuvase En ' it really is a very strong release from start to finish.
I reckon Antonio would be an amazing live act to witness judging by this collection of songs, if he entertains as much as the disc delivers, I'm definitely in for the show.