Courtney Marie Andrews May Your Kindness Remain LP (Pink Vinyl)
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Limited Edition Pink Vinyl LP!
Part Of The Ten Bands One Cause Campaign To Support Cancer Patients & Their Caretakers!
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May Your Kindness Remain is Courtney Marie Andrews' statement piece. The follow
up to her critically acclaimed 2016 breakthrough album Honest Life, which made
Rolling Stone's list of the "Top 40 Country Albums of 2016" and was The
Bluegrass Situation's Album of the Year, May Your Kindness Remain is full of
vivid depictions of complex people and places with all too common struggles.
Much of the album deals with the psychological and relational impact of the
unrealistic picture of success that is so embedded in modern American culture.
There are no simple answers in these songs. There's just an acknowledgment of
shared hardships and a call for empathy. Despite its characters' burdens, May
Your Kindness Remain isn't downtrodden. There's a defiance built into its
melancholy, a sense that even the most complicated problems are worth facing --
a sentiment that also explains why the album's music refuses to stay within any
rigid sonic boundaries.
Gospel singer C.C. White adds backing vocals throughout, including on the
stunning title track, a striking statement of purpose that blooms at the end
thanks to layers of soulful harmonies. Andrews' own vocals are notably more
powerful and soulful -- especially on the organ-heavy blues number "Border",
with a ragged weariness that honors the immigrant's resilience in the face of
blatant thoughtlessness and racism; and "Took You Up", a take on accepting love
as a simple offering before any illusion of wealth or success. Her vocal
performances reflect her recent listening habits, which include Motown and soul,
as well as albums by the eclectic rock band Little Feat. They also point to her
confidence and growing range as a live vocalist. "I subconsciously started
incorporating more vocal stretching in my songs, just because of how fun that
was," she says. "I've always been really inspired by soul singers. I can
sing like that -- but I never really had before." May Your Kindness Remain
finds Andrews at home in her restlessness, embracing her intuition. It has
stretched her vocals, her sound and her songwriting to new depths and produced a
brave record -- a record that is unafraid of addressing the complexities of life
in order to find common ground and understanding, no matter how divided this
world may seem.
"Like [Linda] Ronstadt once did, Andrews now places supple, expressive vocal
performances front and center in handsomely melodic compositions and folk-rock
arrangements with soft country, soul and pop accents. The singing on Andrews'
new album is especially emotional. There's a sob to her vibrato, and the notes
she belts in her upper register are inflamed with feeling... A big part of what
gives these ten songs their grounded power is Andrews' attentiveness to how
external hardships can feed inner turmoil, and how difficult it is bearing
deprivation in utter isolation. She doesn't just tell us these truths; she makes
us feel them poignantly, and right on time." - NPR
"It's not a huge leap beyond Honest Life, but it's got the exact right level
of musical lushness. Andrews' voice dominates, but it doesn't overpower, and the
arrangements shimmer like mirages around her. And for someone like me, someone
who's been shamefully ignorant of all the music that Andrews has been making for
all these years, it's a head-spinning discovery, a warm and gorgeous and fully
formed piece of work. The kindness isn't just in the lyrics. It's in the way
music like this can nourish you, can make your insides glow. An album like this
can be a refuge." - Stereogum
"Establishing herself as a melancholy reflector of the common man, Courtney
Marie Andrews makes her Fat Possum debut with her sixth LP, May Your Kindness
Remain. She had written much of her prior album, 2016's Honest Life, while
living abroad after a breakup, but it was also motivated by conversations with
bar patrons after she took a job as a bartender upon her return. May Your
Kindness Remain also explores themes of everyday life and humanity, this time
taking inspiration from the sociopolitical climate of post-2016 America. She
paints backdrops like a snowstorm in Buffalo and a gas station in Austin for
characters who love, toil, and can't connect with loved ones because they can't
afford the bus ticket. She then presents them through a haunting blend of
classic country, folk-rock, and reflective singer/songwriter pop. The album's
core instrumentation of acoustic rhythm guitar, alternately gritty and echoing
electric guitars, organ, bass, and drums back nuanced vocal performances. The
latter mix rugged soulfulness with a tenderness that never patronizes. The most
open critique of contemporary America here, 'Two Cold Nights in Buffalo,' uses
uptempo country-rock to ask whatever happened to the middle class, to knowing
our neighbors, and to 'mom and pop five and dimes?' The bluesy 'Border'
considers the plight of a newly arrived immigrant, and songs like the title
track and 'Lift the Lonely from My Heart' peer into loneliness and isolation.
Described in press releases as a call for empathy, May Your Kindness Remain
impacts with these evocative snapshots of the 99-percent, but it also does so
with Andrews' rich voice and melodicism as well as a lingering sadness." -
• Limited Edition Pink Vinyl LP
• Ten Bands One Cause campaign
1. May Your Kindness Remain
2. Lift the Lonely From My Heart
3. Two Cold Nights In Buffalo
4. Rough Around The Edges
6. Took You Up
7. This House
8. Kindness Of Strangers
9. I've Hurt Worse
10. Long Road Back To You