If alternative artists are always suspect to hyperbole, it is likewise with pop and Americana, but occasionally artists actually claim a certain niche, and this is a good thing. Such is the case with The Golden Age of Love and Chemistry, which is more sentimental as a niche than anything, with a real feeling on track, “This Might Hurt A Little”. Overall, sure songs such as catchy “All the News Fit to Print”, embracing “The Moment Before Sleep and Dreaming”, and piano-based “Diamond” are all Americana like previous releases single, “I Need a Minute”.
Andrew Weiss and Friends is Americana, but he is all these other difficult touches as well. Weiss is front and center with crooning titles such as hardened single “This Might Hurt a Little Bit”, louder “A Monday Night Anywhere”, and happy-folk “We’ve Got Good On Our Side”. Weiss and Friends are more than a little reaching for the stars is “The Moment Before Sleep and Dreaming”, both is a good and bad way and it equals the reach and sorrows in “Face In the Wallpaper”.
Finally, on a big record, “Everybody Loves a Comeback” and “Sweetheart, The Roses”, cut the romance side with an overall and a moonlight feel for now. Anyway, hopefully more of the latter dreamer romance continues, because if a “Diamond” is what was strived for, there is some success, but it is hard to find overall.
Andrew Weiss and Friends are a little of a lot of things on The Golden Age of Love and Chemistry and it works as a gentle reminder of some life events feelings, such as in, “We’ve Got Good On Our Side”, but is overall just more solid than anything.