FLASH FLASH - Ireland's Rambles.net Nicky Rossiter says this about Cardboard Logic 'Northrup is one of those wonderful writers who makes beautiful music, tells true stories and I am sure enthralls his live audiences but needs that wider listenership that his songs deserve so much. Do your bit. Seek out this album, buy it, enjoy it and, if you have any clout with radio stations, get it played.' 'Cardboard Logic' has been voted Number 1 album of the year for 2005 at Outvoice.net. Andy Northrup is voted by the USA's Stonewall Society as their 'Musical Artist of the Year' for 2005 with Andy's tune 'It Ain't Easy' voted as 'PRIDE Song of the Year' 2005. Flash Flash Andy Northrup is back with a new song cycle that builds on the strengths of his first effort 'Slow Burn Avenue' ('a sterling debut' - Larry Flick, Billboard Aug 2002). Cardboard Logic is already receiving rave reviews from Canadian publications like the Edmonton Journal ('Cardboard Logic leans towards social and political themes at points, hitting at the heart of the issues on a personal level. Northrup's honest, inquiring viewpoint, energetic folk-rock sound and depth of wordplay deserve wider notice.' - Roger Levesque) and Outlooks magazine ('Cardboard Logic is a well-rounded collection of songs that showcase Northrup's strengths to great effect.' - David Crosson), not to mention Canadian radio like the CBC, CJSR-Edmonton and CKUA. More great international reviews have been received from the U.S.'s Stonewall Society's Len Rogers and BBC Radio Wales' Frank Hennesey. With this new album, Northrup continues to challenge and entertain fans and critics alike through his unique blend of socially relevant lyrics wrapped within his enticing blend of folk and roots oriented rock. Cardboard Logic has already garnered the strong support of one of Western Canada's premiere folk critics - Andy Donnelly of CKUA Radio's 'The Celtic Show'. In Mr. Donnelly's praise for this new disc he commented that 'the album is lyrically brilliant, musically great and features three exceptional tracks that all qualify as 'singles'.' Mr. Donnelly went on to single out the poignant ballad of the common labourer, 'These Hands', the fiercely stated stance against homophobia 'It Ain't Easy', and the number that both opens and closes the album 'Sometimes.' Always looking to challenge his listeners, Northrup has recorded two versions of 'Sometimes,' - the first is bright and optimistic with the second version, the album closing bonus track, being more reflective and wistful. Frank Hennesey of BBC Wales' 'Celtic Heartbeat' chimes in with airplay of 'These Hands' and echos Donnelly's comments regarding the song. Here's what Frank had to say about the new disc: 'I love the album, I think it's terrific, I think the songs are absolutely, some of them are quite dark and pretty intense, but I think it's just great and hopefully we'll be playing more from that in the new year.' Edmonton's CBC 740 AM's Lydia Neufeld states that 'folks have been eagerly anticipating Northrup's follow-up to 'Slow Burn Avenue' and it doesn't disappoint.' Along with the insightful ballads that Northrup has become known for, Cardboard Logic brings to light Northrup's amazing up-tempo sensibilities. His new disc is peppered with a number of up-tempo songs including the character driven 'Wondering', the eyebrow raising free-form lyric of 'Quicksand Decay', and the searing commentary on our current political climate 'Only trying to Understand.' Northrup's new effort deserves to be part of your collection and a listen to the clips on your left will be all that's needed to convince you. Please enjoy!
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