Andrew Belle
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Andrew Belle

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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"All Those Pretty Lights EP"

Hailing from Chicago, Andrew Belle recently performed at the SXSW music festival, where he recieved a fairly good reception from the crowds there.

It's easy to see why, after a listen of his first EP, All Those Pretty Lights. It opens strongly with the track I'll Be Your Breeze, with a strong beat and a sound that sounds very similar to The Fray and Brett Dennan, but far better than the two of them.

All Those Pretty Lights is a good, abit short, listen, and it provides a good introduction to this 24 year old singer. It feels light and free, unconstrained by any need to be overly hip or trendy, although this is certainly a style that will likely be picked up and utilized as such somewhere down the road. The five songs are energetic and well written, with a good sound overall. This is a good starting point for an upcoming artist, and according to his website, he is currently working on his first full-length album.

While All Those Pretty Lights sounds good overall, there are a couple flaws with the EP - The first is that the opening track, I'll Be Your Breeze, is the only one to really stand out from the other four - it is by far the strongest of the album, and while this isn't a long listen (the EP tracks in at 20 or so minutes), Belle's overall sounds is fairly uniform throughout, the same drone that both The Fray and Dennen share, a sound that I'm not particularly fond of - I think it sounds a bit drawlish and lazy, but in this instance, Belle is the strongest of the three, and he really makes the sound for for him.

This isn't out of the ordinary for any artist really - an introductory EP is a first impression, and anyone who listens to enough music will know that first impressions are generally illusions, as artists will switch up their sound as they improve over their careers (or until they hit it big and essentially repeat their successes, but there's a long way to go here), and this is a very promising start for Andrew Belle. I am paticularly eager to hear what he has to say next, and I do hope that he'll give us an album that is just as interesting, although hopefully a little more diverse, in the coming months. -

"All Those Pretty Lights EP"

Chicago son Andrew Belle has released his debut EP All Those Pretty Lights to much fanfare having become a staple on the Windy City’s music scene and following that up with an appearance at this year’s SXSW. Though brief (clocking in at around the 20-minute mark) the EP is a solid foundation and a good first run for the fledgling artist and features moments of unbridled talent, but with an “I’ve heard this before” feel.

Album standout and opening track “I’ll Be Your Breeze” is hallmark Belle—contemplative and emotive lyrics (delivered almost Chris Martin-ish) with a backing of pure pop sensibility. Musically tight and technically sound, the song is the “which one of these doesn’t belong with the rest” of the album, but in a good way. Title track “All Those Pretty Lights” is vocal- and piano-driven and again features Belle’s thinking man’s lyrics and his inherent ability to paint a picture with words. And though no offense is meant, this track seriously sounds left off of The Fray’s last album. Finally, “In Your Sleep” is a down tempo, deep anthem that features intermittent electric guitar and piano interplay, with backing chirps of strings and a rhythm section foundation that create a myriad of layered sounds. Slow and demure, it is a near opposite of “Breeze.”

A strong pop sense and no production work spared have rendered a respectable initial outing for the young songwriter. The unmistakable likeness of the sound to The Fray however, is rampant and the two seem virtually interchangeable. They say imitation is the most sincere form of flattery so whether deliberate, mere coincidence or just a simple similarity, The Fray should seriously be blushing right about now.

Review By: Chris West -

"All Those Pretty Lights EP"

From Us To You: Two Songs From Andrew Belle

The Blogcritics redesign and relaunch celebration continues! Today we have an exclusive treat for our music lovers: two tracks from Andrew Belle's EP, All Those Pretty Lights.

Only 24, Belle has a long, bright future ahead of him. Though his is best known in his native Chicago where he's been tearing up the stage at such local haunts as Rockit Bar, you're probably more familiar with Andrew Belle than you thought. If you missed his show at SXSW, then certainly you heard the single included blow, "I'll be Your Breeze" on the popular CW program 90210. The other MP3 is the title song from the EP.

On his MySpace page, the artist speaks of pop influences, most notably Adam Duritz of Counting Crows, saying, "The first album that I ever bought for myself was the Counting Crow's August and Everything After when I was a sophomore in high school. It had already been out for several years at that point, but I can still remember sneaking it up to my room and listening to it very softly out of the dusty Sony boombox in my bedroom; pouring over every melody and marveling over the lyrical genius in Adam Duritz; thinking, 'maybe I can do this someday?'."

All Those Pretty Lights is five tracks of melodic and hook ridden pop music and is now available at iTunes and many other online outlets. Before you run out and make that purchase, however, take advantage of the preview below. -


The Ladder LP
1. The Ladder
2. Static Waves (Feat Katie Herzig)
3. Tower
4. Add It Up
5. Reach
6. Oh My Stars
7. Don't Blame Yourself
8. My Oldest Friend
9. Open Your Eyes
10. Make It Without You

SIngle - In My Veins (2010)

Sunday's at Rockit - Live LP
1. All Those Pretty Lights (Andrew Belle)
2. Red Right Ankle (The Decemberists)
3. On Your Porch (The Format)
4. Lovers in Japan (Coldplay)
5. First Day of My Life (Bright Eyes)
6. Carry This Picture (Dashboard Confessional)
7. Oh My Stars (Andrew Belle)
8. I Will Follow Your Into the Dark (Death Cab for Cutie)
9. I'll Be Your Breeze (Andrew Belle)
10. Statue (Adam Agin)
11. Cannonball (Damien Rice)
12. The Ladder (Andrew Belle)

All Those Pretty Lights EP (2008)
1. I'll Be Your Breeze
2. All Those Pretty Lights
3. In Your Sleep
4. Signs of Life
5. Replace Me



Andrew Belle is a new artist on the pop singer/songwriter scene. Residing in both Chicago and Nashville, he is currently touring clubs and universities across the country, and is also a member of the critically acclaimed national tour Ten Out Of Tenn. Andrew released his debut EP All Those Pretty Lights in 2008, containing songs featured in hit TV shows and achieving national radio airplay. His debut full-length album The Ladder was released February 23, 2010 and is already garnering nationwide airplay including Chicago’s WXRT, Nashville’s WRLT, Philadelphia’s WXPN, and Los Angeles’ KCRW. His music and vocal stylings draw comparisons to Coldplay, The Fray, and John Mayer. Fans and critics often refer to his songs as “smart pop”—nuanced melodies and sophisticated, contemplative lyrics coupled with bold, infectious hooks.

Recent Professional Achievements:

o Songs featured on hit TV shows including ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy” (4 songs, including season finale), CW's "Vampire Diaries", CW's "Pretty Little Liars", CW’s “One Tree Hill”, CW's “90210” CBS's “Ghost Whisperer”, MTV's “Real World”, E!’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and MySpace UK TV's “FREAKS”
o Debut full-length album THE LADDER self-released February 23, 2010
o In its debut week, THE LADDER reached #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, #28 on the iTunes overall album chart, and #25 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart
o Winner of MTV’s Best Breakout Artist 2009 – Chicago
o Grand Prize Winner, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Pop category 2009
o Member of the Fall 2009 and Winter 2009 “Ten Out Of Tenn” national tours
o Selected to 2010 SXSW, including BMI Brunch showcase, and played a 2009 SXSW showcase at RedGorilla Festival
o Dozens of performances in and around Chicago, including nationally renowned venues Schubas, Elbo Room, and Rockit Bar
o In addition to Ten Out Of Tenn, has shared the stage with numerous major artists, including Ben Folds, Brian VanderArk (The Verve Pipe), Greg Laswell, Barcelona, and Boyce Avenue
o I'll Be Your Breeze achieved heavy rotation on over 20 college and non-commercial stations across the US
o I'll Be Your Breeze in rotation on Nic Harcourt's taste-maker radio show “Morning Becomes Eclectic” on KCRW
o Song from ‘The Ladder” garnering airplay on AAA/non-comm stations across the country, including KCRW (LA), WXRT (Chicago), WXPN (Philadelphia), WRLT (Nashville), and others – promotion is completely organic