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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Canadian singer-songwriter was self-produced.
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To You
Jeremy can we talk a minute I've got some things That I need to get Off of my chest I know that we've had a few And it's far too late But if I wait I... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. 90
    With this effort Shauf successfully portrays the complicated smogarsbord that is youth by capturing in its crudest form at a party, with its hedonism and heartbreak, and in doing so propels himself miles ahead of his singer-songwriter peers who have tried to do the same.
  2. May 18, 2016
    90
    Shauf brings the same mentality to pop music as the songwriting greats of the '60s and '70s did, with gorgeous instrumentation, subtle arrangements and an all-round organic feel. Paired with his very human and humanizing lyrics, The Party is relatable and honest, simply marvellous.
  3. Uncut
    May 18, 2016
    80
    The Party is definitely worth celebrating. [Jun 2016, p.79]
  4. 80
    Played entirely by Shauf save for the lush string arrangements, it’s a baroque-pop exercise with echoes of Seventies smarties like Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and Steely Dan, though rather more empathetic than them. And less cynical.
  5. Mojo
    May 18, 2016
    80
    Shauf paints an endearing sketch of his house party's many moods. [Jun 2016, p.97]
  6. May 23, 2016
    80
    Partygoers collapse or embarrass themselves; strings, clarinets and lush Harry Nilsson-style moments all add to the snapshot of an accomplished new voice.
  7. May 20, 2016
    60
    Shauf’s musical ability is impressive, tackling all but the strings, but his vocal tone, much like a bore at a party, is unwavering, Elliott Smith-esque and never with the variety you’d expect meeting 10 new individuals.

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  1. May 22, 2016
    10
    With Andy Shauf's The Party, we're witnessing a brilliant new songwriter hitting his stride. It's a stunning song-cycle populated by vividWith Andy Shauf's The Party, we're witnessing a brilliant new songwriter hitting his stride. It's a stunning song-cycle populated by vivid characters, coy lyricism, and elegant arrangements. Shauf's work is all the more astonishing when you realize that, except for the strings, he is responsible for every sound and nuance on the album. Best album of the year so far. Expand
  2. Dec 20, 2016
    10
    Beautiful, timeless music. Just absorbs you, giving you that feeling of lying on your bed on top of the covers, while the sounds of an amazingBeautiful, timeless music. Just absorbs you, giving you that feeling of lying on your bed on top of the covers, while the sounds of an amazing vinyl record washes over you in waves of melancholy (but the good kind) and longing. Highly recommended for fans of indie rock and good songwriting/storytelling. Expand
  3. May 22, 2016
    8
    With The Party, Andy Shauf continues to demonstrate impressive lyricism and a remarkable aptitude for storytelling. The instrumentation inWith The Party, Andy Shauf continues to demonstrate impressive lyricism and a remarkable aptitude for storytelling. The instrumentation in this album is simultaneously intimate and cinematic, never compromising humanity for concept. Expand

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