"BASS PLAYERS UNITED" Album Review
"Andy Saxton is a London bassist with formidable chops, a distinctive tone, and fantastic ears. Not literally, obviously (although he may have; I’ve never met him and he tends to wear a hat in photographs so it’s difficult to tell), but his use of melody and top notch arranging skills clearly indicate this. With a background in rock and metal, his exhilarating playing style has taken him to some influential support slots in the past decade, including tours alongside My Chemical Romance and arena gigs with Bon Jovi. ‘Blood, Sweat & Years’ is his fourth album and is something of a departure from his previous releases.
With his bass taking center stage, and – most importantly – no sight of an electric guitar anywhere (gasp, ye rockers!), what he has delivered is a contemporary pop record, and a pretty good one at that. A kind of bass-centic Gotye, if you will, or a less wince- inducing version of The Script.
From the opening number, the upbeat and epic instrumental ‘Broken Ladders’, you are aware that this album is loaded with ambition. Production values are high, as algorithmic rhythms twist beneath quizzing vocal melodies. Strings stab over tumbling bass and drums, while keyboards provide additional textures. Saxton’s voice is a little reminiscent of Sting’s, with touches of Robert Smith also detectable (particularly noticeable on The Cure-like ‘Think of You’). His bass playing is exemplary throughout as he twangs through neatly picked chord structures (‘Pretty Puppets’), slaps jauntily to stuttering rhythms (‘Back to Reality’), or races along the fretboard at dazzling speeds (‘Carousel’).
Sometimes, of course, he combines all three (‘Aurora’). Engaging, upbeat and energetic, this is a great album. With his confident and mature songwriting, this release deserves to transcend the ‘bass-lovers-only’ market and gain a wider audience."
Album TRACK Preview CLICK>>>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jr8wvhHfHOA
- BROKEN LADDERS (instrumental)
- SORDID ROAD
- SPACE THAT YOU REQUIRE
- THINK OF YOU
- PRETTY PUPPETS
- BACK TO REALITY
- ACE'S DANCING (instrumental)
- ENVISION (instrumental)
- CAROUSEL (instrumental)
- AURORA (instrumental)
- COVER ''CLOSE TO ME'' by THE CURE
Original Album Review CLICK>http://www.bassplayersunited.com/2014/07/andy-saxton-blood-sweat-years/