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Dubious Recordings DUB006
Unforgettable listening experience from talented newcomer.
Initially the best way to fully appreciate just how good a musician Yorkshireman
Andy Thornton is, is to listen to SUNFLOWER GIRL without knowing anything about it
or indeed him. If you approach this album without any preconceptions you'll find
an exquisite mosaic of the songwriters' art. Thornton writes wonderfully mature intelligent
songs that require the listener to be equally mature and intelligent. SUNFLOWER GIRL
is an album of wonderfully crafted songs that could only come from a man for whom
writing is an extension of himself. But as thoughtful and well written as the likes
of Shake The Moon Down, Under My Skin and Shores of Forever are (and you could select
any of the songs as perfect examples), the real substance comes from the fact that
Thornton is unable to separate himself from the music. SUNFLOWER GIRL will gently
break your heart and then immediately restore your faith and for that alone, it deserves
its place among the singer-
However, when you learn that it was written in the year following the death of Thornton's
wife, it becomes something different altogether. Only Andy Thornton will know the
effect that writing and recording SUNFLOWER GIRL had on him but he lays himself so
open on songs like Crashing and Burning and Rosey (One More Time) that it becomes
almost too intrusive. As a writer Andy Thornton freeze-
There is a gentle integrity about SUNFLOWER GIRL that originates from one source, the creator's care, paradoxically it also lifts the spirits. Andy Thornton is surely one of those musicians who measures success and failure in the quality of the music, not in the units 'moved'. It certainly meets the most stringent quality test on the first; let's hope for the sake of real music it also succeeds in the second. Listening to SUNFLOWER GIRL is an experience you'll never forget.
Here's another.... from FYFEOPEDIA Not quite as positive, but still broadly in favour.
To be honest, I’d never heard of Scottish singer-
Sunflower Girl’s strongest songs include ‘Under My Skin’, with a jazzy feel and some
of Thornton’s most inventive lyrics (“She’s a poppy field/When you thought you’d
see wheat”). The opening ‘Shake The Moon Down’ is handicapped by awkward lyrics in
crucial places (no matter how heartbroken you are, “tell me please -