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Last Updated: 04/07/2006 11:40:04
How Long Have You Got? By Andy Stocks (1/2)
Reviewed by DJ Chris Plant
(1/2), (2/2).

I sat down today and listened to Andy Stocks new album How Long Have You Got? Andy is a Hull born artist who writes his own material along with close friend Matthew Davidson.

The music is special and the lyrics have a lot of meaning. None of this crap we are hearing in the charts (i.e. Who do you think you are kidding Jurgen Klinsmann) sung by 1966 legend Geoff Hurst. I'm sorry Geoff, but it's crap and you know it. Wouldn't it be a better idea to give up and coming talent a chance for once!
I thought it would be nice for me to rate every track on the album (being a DJ and all). So here are my thoughts and opinions. Please remember that these are only my opinions. Buy the album and judge for yourself.
Brand New Start - The first track on the album works for me. The lyrics are meaningful. The beautiful sound of a harmonica and acoustics ring around my mind whilst the lyrics actually mean something. I can relate to Andy, if he is talking about making a brand new start in America. Good job well done! 9/10

Is This Love - This isn't my favourite track on the album, in fact it's my least favourite. The song doesn't really go anywhere and I had to skip it onto the next track after the 3rd time of listening (if I'm being honest). Not my cup of tea Andy. Sorry. 6/10
Toogood Street: I very rarely use the word perfect, but this is quite simply perfect. I get the impression that Andy is singing about his dreams to live in a lovely part of the world, where everything's chilled and peaceful.

I had this track on repeat because it took me to a different place. Wonderful! The sound arrangement is first class, the lyrics are top notch and the singer ... well what more can I say - BOSS. This track should be right up there in the Top 40. Then again, I think it's too good for the charts. I give this track a ten outta ten due to the fact it brought a tear to my eye and I can relate to the lyrics. 10/10

Wouldn't It Be Good: A track originally released by Nik Kershaw back in January 1984. Andy Stocks does this song justice and Mr Kershaw should be very proud of him. I don't usually like cover tracks but this works for me. 8/10

Blind: On the first listen, I thought, This is a bit of a depressing track, but when I listened a second time, I loved the opening of it, I liked the vocals and I enjoyed the lyrics too. 7/10
Dancing With You: A tear jerking track, which made me think of my fiancée in America. I like tracks that the everyday guy can relate to. Andy's feelings come through strong in this well worked track. 8/10

Mirror The Love: This track made me think of past relationships. Another slow ballad that is so very beautiful. The piano work by Elliot Davis is very nice indeed and Phil Marshall's guitar work is great. I thought to myself, This is another classic track. Lovely piano work, a lovely voice and a great ballad. 10/10
Q To Mr Jones: One of the first Andy Stocks tracks I ever heard was Q To Mr Jones back in 2003. I had invited Andy to join me at the radio station for an interview and I remember him telling me the story about Lestyn Jones and Q magazine. Looking at a copy of Q magazine on the floor and then looking up to see Mr Jones. Lovely stuff. 9/10

Take Care: Another track penned by Andy and Matthew Davidson. Take Care is a little slow and depressing and a bit repetitive. I prefer Andy's upbeat tracks but then again if you've had a bad day, this is the sort of track you want to listen to. 7/10

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