From the opening note of Lonely Heartache Song to the gentle fade of Stronger Light , the album offers 13 songs that are drenched with two elements missing in scores of albums released each year: heart & spirit. Seagull highlights Andrew D. Huber s commitment to his craft. The songs are sharply arranged, smartly performed, and expertly hit the tug-of-war-of-life note the songwriter is known to angle toward. Highlights of the album include the melancholic beauty of Union Station , the Irish Pub howl of One More Round , and the longing affection of Greatest Success and True North.
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"I've become my own worst enemy"
"Stay alert, take in every sense, and if it helps you might pray"
"Is there any place I won't think of you?"
"Sign my name to the lessor, and I feel just as such"
"I'm sifting through another box of days"
"All the same, I am your compass"
"And someday she might wanna kiss me..."
"It's like watchin' sunshine in the dark"
"I'm tired of every headline, so tired every day"
"I'm hoping God will answer me, it's been a cold year"
"Maybe a stronger light inside me, to help me to get by"
Seagull is the second folk-rock solo album from Andrew D. Huber. It was released in the summer of 2008 and spawned CD singles for both "One More Round" and "Union Station". Critical acclaim for the album compared ADH to longtime heroes Paul Westerberg (the Replacements) and Mike Scott (the Waterboys).
I started recording Seagull about six months after the release of the Gecko Club's Evergreen. There were so many moments of absolute joy recording the record -- I remember playing back the initial tracks of "One More Round" and being unable to stop smiling for hours, to name just one. The guest musicians to name another -- Although I recorded most of the album on my own, for years I had wondered it would feel like to have a wide and strong network of musical friends to draw from, and suddenly there it was staring down the barrel.
For all the joys, there were certainly counter-balancing challenges. Faltering recording equipment, a far-from perfect studio room, and restricted hours of recording top the list. Equally so was the sense of unknown sadness I felt throughout the record, which always bled through to the final take. Whether it an uptempo number or ballad, the it is there in some kind of strange supporting role. As much as I fought against it, I welcomed it. That's where the tug-of-war-of life writing comes in, and I think that's the "uncredited" aspect of the album that has made it resonate with many listeners.
Of all the things on Seagull that I am proud of, the name itself ranks right up there. It stands on its own, does its own thing, flies on its own steam, and has its own sound.
~ andrew d. huber