It’s a sly sidle up to the mainstream, like a busker hitting on a supermodel

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Andy Burrows - ‘Company’

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Andy Burrows – ‘Company’

When Andy Burrows shed his celebrated post-Razorlight moniker I Am Arrows, he retreated from the spotlight and moved to New York. While there, he drummed for We Are Scientists and made a Christmas album with Tom Smith from Editors. ‘Company’ finds him reasserting his stature as a lover of cultured psychedelic pop that harks back to early-’70s Lennon. Feathery swishes of Sade flamenco soul fan the title track. Airy Marvin Gaye funk floats ‘Because I Know That I Can’. Blaxploitation horns and clavinet strut through ‘Keep On Moving On’. It all smacks of a Winchester indie kid who wishes he was on Motown in 1973 (or, on ‘Hometown’, in Westlife), but it gains credibility and charm when Burrows breaks out the crackly mariachi waltzes for ‘Maybe You’ and ‘Somebody Calls Your Name’ or writes his own nostalgic ‘Imagine’ on ‘Stars In The Sky’. It’s a sly sidle up to the mainstream, like a busker hitting on a supermodel.

Mark Beaumont