There’s nobody that’s as easy to root for in music as Andy Grammar. He went from street performer to one of adult contemporary pop’s biggest names in a summer and he’s stayed there for the past eight years. He’s earned his way as a performer and with a lot of co-writes, but he’s always put out albums that are worth listening to. The self-titled was good. Magazines or Novels was great. The Good Parts was solid. And now his new album, Naïve is solid too.
AC pop artists aren’t really critic friendly, especially solo acts like Grammar. If they don’t do anything different, they’ll get told about it. If they do anything different, they get told about it. Basically, it’s their job to put together an album that the 30 and 40 somethings will latch onto and listen to as much as their prior works in hopes of them coming out to see a show. Naïve will do that. There’s enough here for his followers to eat it up and there’s a couple of songs here with some sneaky hit potential.
The hit potential thing is nothing new for Grammer, he wrote “Keep Your Head Up” – one of the biggest songs of the past decade – but he’s also done a lot of co-writes and had success with those too. Even on those co-writes his lyrics are both personal and relatable. He does this on every song across this record too. He’s working with a ton of co-writes, engineers, producers, and session acts here and it doesn’t matter. It still feels like Grammer is the only person behind this music because it’s that personal and relatable. When he sings about his mom, sings about his relationship, and sings songs like “I Wish You Pain”… those are all examples of that.
Andy Grammer’s fourth record isn’t his best, but it’s his most diverse and it’s probably his best sounding. It’s still intensely personal, but maybe not as much as records past. Still, the features on this record are fun to listen to and all 13 of these songs are worth checking out. Nobody is expecting the world from an Andy Grammer record, but his fans will find plenty to love here.