Andy Fleet: Takin’ Aim Review

Takin’ Aim is the follow up album of London’s own Andy Fleet’s first album, The Night Falls Fast (2009). Recorded in 2012, Fleet is accompanied by trumpeter Andre Canniere, bassist Rob Rickenberg, and drummer Joe Evans. This album has a New Orleans sound, thanks to the horns. It’s sound is a mix of blues, rock, and even jazz.

Takin’ Aim begins with “Who’s Gonna Be Sorry,” a story of a relationship gone wrong, due to alcohol. The piece is accompanied with horns. It is an attention grabbing song that leaves you wanting to hear more. “Get The Boys Round,” a story of unconditional friendship, brings the feeling of the album a little more upbeat. Again, the horns are a key part in this song. A guitar riff solo catches you off guard, in a good way. “The Beast” is a sultry song. Sounds of rain and thunder accompany the piano and rhythm section of the bass and drums. The horns become the sultry aspect. The song describes Fleet’s experiences during a visit to the Port of Hamburg (A port in Germany named the “Gateway to the World.”) The album’s title track “Takin’ Aim” has a cheerful bounce to it, reminding us that “we’re all just killing time and guilty of the same crime.” “James” and “Brave Little Soldier” are tributes to Andy Fleet’s late son.

Andy Fleet is an artist you will want to leave on repeat. Primarily a pianist, his band brings a classical heavy feel to the album. This is one artist to follow and keep an eye on. The album debuts on June 10th on the Low Vinyl label.

The Review: 9/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Takin’ Aim
– Who’s Gonna Be Sorry
– The Beast
– James

The Big Hit

– Who’s Gonna Be Sorry

Review by Dana Ainsworth

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