Andy Black, The alter-ego of Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides, is destined to take the alternative music world by storm with his debut album ‘The Shadow Side’ finally released yesterday. The album has already been overhauled with love from fans who have had a taste of the album with the songs which have been released prior to the album 'We Don't Have To Dance', 'Stay Alive', 'Ribcage' & 'Beautiful Pain'.
If there is one thing that is certain, is that it is a ‘fun’ album to show the maturity of an artist who is so much more than Black Veil Brides. The album is perfect in highlighting him as a solo artist and more importantly works effectively at showing the talent he holds as an individual.
With each song carrying true emotion lyrically, with there being some fun in the lyrics aswell (listen to ‘We Don’t Have To Dance), this is definitely a personal album for Andy Black and that in itself is the reason it was so easy to connect to the album even in the first time of listening. The tone of the album is a total shift from the material we know Andy Biersack from (Black Veil Brides), but is bound to be enjoyed by both Black Veil Bride fans and new fans of solo Andy Black alike.
When listening to the tracks, the heavy beats, with many songs containing a range of drumming styles, allow Andy Black’s voice to carry the melody the song, further highlighting the fact that in this form the music is solely his to take control of,with the album containing various songs that highlight Andy Black’s extensive vocal range, something that can sometimes be overshadowed within Black veil Brides.
I found my favourite song on the album to be Ribcage, with the perfect mixture of lyric content and beat, held together with Andy Black’s voice.
The song that could be held as the song that highlighted how far Andy Black has come as a solo artist was 'Beautiful Pain', with the soft sound of the piano allowing Andy Black’s voice to echo through as song that could be held on such a personal level.
This is certainly the album to watch over the next few weeks as the hype for it is bound to take off. Along with an upcoming tour of Andy Black as an artist in his own right, he is certainly an artist to watch out for in 2016.
Songs in which you can really capture a taste of Andy Black’s vibe: 'We Don’t Have To Dance', 'Drown Me Out', 'Ribcage'.
Written by Emma Sherar
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