Andy Zipf - The Long Tail
Record Label: Keep On! Music, LLC
Release Date: November 19, 2007
God bless America.
This wonderful country is the proud mother of so many wonderful genres of music; jazz and R&B immediately come to mind. Relatively recently, a minority of the American music scene has gleefully watched the rebirth of a musical style people have coined "Americana," which (though hard to pinpoint to one specific area) generally wields some kind of mixture of alternative folk or country. Whether you've heard of him or not, Andy Zipf is battling courageously on the frontlines of this revival effort. While bands like The New Frontiers may have helped turn the tide in the struggle for the attention of young ears, Zipf's new weapon The Long Tail will certainly add much needed reinforcements to this movement.
"First to Promise" poignantly sets the mood for the six track record, and is closely followed by several songs containing the same nostalgic flavor. "Find You" adds familiar synths to enhance emotion and "Maybe Tonight" jabs at the listener with almost mournful lyrics. Zipf's vocals are a breathtaking work of art all throughout the album and are what gives these songs their depth and life. Anyone could take the music and add vocals, but it takes a vocalist like Zipf to seize and throttle a listener's attention.
True to the musical diversity America has given birth to, The Long Tail reaches further than its folk roots and grabs for a fine helping of rock 'n roll on "Last To Know" and ambient soul on "Lie To Yourself." Although the album may not be classic material yet, some tracks feel like they've been sung by the American people for decades. The emotional appeal is present for sure; unless you have a heart of lead, you're more than likely to be in for a passionate stirring.
Unfortunately, the record ticks in at a disappointingly short 23 minutes. My opinion on this is very blunt: I want more. What potential Zipf has stored for himself will inevitably take him a long way. The Long Tail paints a picture of the man 10 years down the road, still making heart-warming music for an adoring audience. These are quality tunes, not to be traded in for the "I copy you, you copy me" mentality the music scene is so fond of these days. Should a folk revolution ever take place, expect Andy Zipf to be somewhere at the head of it.