Andy Michaels - 'Only Changes Stays the Same'
Review by Anthony Nguyen & Staff
Music can influence, and even change, people, movements, and society. Sharing songs about peace and social justice, ultimately reminds the world of the importance of peace, fairness, love and unity. Andy Michaels' song "Only Love Stays the Same" is one of the amazing songs that will be featured on BWH Music Group and World National Indie Radio (WNIR) 'Songs For Change' radio special during the month of November.
With a heartfelt vocal performance from Andy Michaels “Only Change Stays the Same” is a stellar song. The guitars are really what hold the song together harmony wise. They are panned perfectly, creating a stereo image that really works well. They are played in a relaxed fashion, giving the song a nice tug and pull with the tight drums. The piano is warm and stays in the background gluing the song together. The drums, which come in full force midway through are nice and breathy, and are excellently played. The vocals are simply astounding. They range from a gentle croon to powerful and soulful belting. Andy is able to navigate both waters with a comfortable mastery that brings the song to new heights.
The meticulous attention to details in the production are really what makes this song stand toe to toe with some of the greats in the genre. It starts off understated. The first verse and chorus only has a handful of instruments and is very conservative. The real magic is that the song is slowly building in energy throughout, almost completely unnoticed. It starts with backing vocals here or there, perhaps a more complex rhythm from the drums. Small things like synths are sprinkled throughout.
Towards the middle of the song the drums come in full force and add a level of energy and charisma that makes the song an absolute blast to listen to all the way through. There is a small piano breakdown towards the end that gives listeners a chance to breath and take it all in, before transitioning into the last powerful chorus. Overall the sections flow into each other quite seamlessly, a nod to the superb production and arranging.
Following in the same vein as the production the lyrics add another dimension that serves to uplift the song. “Let no man cast the final stone or he’ll cast too far, he’ll cast alone” is just one of the examples of the expert penmanship displayed throughout the whole piece. It seems no stone was left unturned when crafting this song.
The theme is powerful and forces the listeners to think, a delightful change of pace to the at times repetitive lyrics found in pop music today. With some of the best production values in a song you will find anywhere and a stellar vocal performance, “Only Change Stays the Same” by Andy Michaels is a standout achievement in songwriting.
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About Andy Michaels
AndyMichaels is well known for his wonderful journey from surviving an incapacitating car accident to that of an internationally recognized contemporary/pop songwriter. He belongs to Perth, Western Australia, and has released several mesmerizing music albums in the last few years. Each has a deep sense of melody with poignant lyrics that has helped him to be at the forefront of multiple genres in the music industry worldwide. Andy went through a critical time after suffering from a serious car accident when he was just in his teenage years. This life threatening experience motivated him to pick up a guitar which ignited a musical spark deep inside his heart. Since then, he has written, recorded and released more than 100 songs, which have received universal critical acclaim and obtained a huge response from listeners around the globe.
People admire him not just for his melodic compilations; rather, for delivering insightful, powerful, and thought-provoking lyrics. With his music constantly being played all around the world in over 70 countries, he has delivered amazing performances around Australia as well as in Asia, including China. Described as a once in a generation Artist, listeners say that Michaels is one of those rare musical Artists that touch their soul and heart directly with his deep lyrics and haunting melodies