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Andrea Wittgens - In the Skyline

In the Skyline

Andrea Wittgens

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A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker

Like Marina V (here), Andrea Wittgens is a composer-singer caught on the horns of a dilemma: she has a good singing voice but In the Skyline suffers from a bit too much randomic composing showing itself to be too clever by half. Hiding within the compositions are a number of pretty cool ideas, but they're quickly trampled over and not nearly as well arranged as should be. Wittgens, in songs like Empires of Straw I shows she possesses the maturity and nuance to pull the essences out of her materials but seems unsure how to make them stay there.

I suppose the CD is meant to be a blend of weird-folk, alt-Primus, and Joni Mitchell / Rickie Lee vamps—Marching Orders follows that line—and, frankly, I think she coulda pulled it off nicely had she only spent a good deal more time contemplating the oeuvre rather than just plonking out a twist on it willy-nilly. So, look upon In the Skyline as half-baked with a lot of potential but aggravating to hear squandered in carelessness and haste.

Track List:

  • Punchline
  • Cardboard Cutouts
  • Empires of Straw I
  • Marching Orders
  • Blue-Eyed Fool
  • Beautiful You
  • Creature Feature
  • Everything is Relative to You
  • Summer Escape
  • Wrecking Ball
  • Empires of Straw II
  • Comme Tu Veux
All songs written by Andrea Wittgens.

Edited by: David N. Pyles


Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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