MP3 Andi Starr - Supergirl
Calming and advanced with a pernicious political turn Warm and roomy Call back Cowboy Junkies meets The Cranberries.
5 MP3 Songs
ROCK: Acoustic, ROCK: Emo
Way back when, before singer/songwriter Andi Starr was even born, there was a smash hit TV show featuring Marlo Thomas as "That Girl." Around the same time period there was the pop hit by the Seekers, "Georgie Girl." The mid nineties featured a movie cult classic "Tank Girl." Now fast forward to present day, subtract a boat load of corporate cash, Hollywood hype and bean counting entertainment executives and we have "Supergirl," an Independent release by Portland artist Andi Starr.
Somewhere between Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and Jill Sobule's "Happy Town" you'll hear Andi's "Supergirl." Her ability to hem quirky, dreamy hooks with acoustic folk flavors and story telling makes this indie release a must have. Like a good set up pitcher, this release sets the stage for her musical future.
The five songs on "Supergirl" seems to absorb itself into your heart. I am impressed by her ability to share her hopes, fears, sorrows and pleasures with simple lyric and melody. She casts her emotions out to sea and opens a window with a clear view into her soul, paying no mind
to pretentious radio pop formulas.
My favorite cut, "Denver" explains an early marriage without direction.
"We fell in love, got married,
unwrapped our empty gifts of shame.
Then we made love to our reflections
only to find ourselves alone again."
Andi Starr is a classically trained pianist with a masters degree in psychology. Her first effort "American Doll" was part of her thesis in her master's program. Her second release "Me Beautiful" was a best-seller on the popular indie internet chart CDBaby just two years later.
Seasoned music industry engineers Dean Baskerville, Lars Fox and Rick McMillen have all been seduced by her austere, honest songwriting/singing to produce this latest effort. Not bad, considering these gents combined have turned knobs for the likes of Sheryl Crow, Everclear, John Mayer, and Kenny G.
In an American pop music world which has the attention span of a child and is coaxed only by cheesy videos, sound samples and tabloid sex scandals, Andi Starr is indeed a Supergirl.
- Review by Randy Sanders, 'Columbia River Reader,' August 2005
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