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Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
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Escape stress with Andy Grammer

Illustration: Eddy Vazquez

This past week I’ve had two presentations, three major essays, a performance and a midterm exam due. Suffice to say, it has not been fun. As I often do, I turned to my sister to pull me out of my stress-filled funk. She pointed me to this album.

Andy Grammer’s self titled debut album is your typical feel-good pop record. Grammer sounds like a cross between Jason Mraz and Mike Posner, and his lyrics brim with a chill positivity that is refreshingly simple.

It would be false to say that Andy Grammer’s songs are particularly deep, but something about the upbeat, techno-pop nature of his music and lyrics just fills me with joy.

Andy Grammer started out as a California State University at Northridge graduate playing on the street corners of Los Angeles. Biding his time while building up his talent, he wrote his own music, signed with a record label and after a few singles, released his debut album this summer.

Personal favorites off this record include “Biggest Man in Los Angeles,” a nod to Grammer’s days as a street musician, and “Keep Your Head Up,” a reminder to stay positive; my new theme song.

Skip songs “Love, love, love (Let you go)” and “Build me a girl.” The beats are fun, but the lyrics and themes are too clichéd.

At $7.99 on iTunes, this album is a fun, silly steal to brighten your homework-heavy days, and provides for countless hours of dancing around the lounge with your section mates.

Andy Grammer will be playing live at Neumos in Seattle on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. Tickets go on-sale Friday, Nov. 18.

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