With the everybodyfields, Jill was been known for writing country-based, highly personal songs, often allowing the listener into the pain of relationships gone awry.
After three albums with the everybodyfields and her 2009 debut self-titled EP, Andrews released her first full length album on June 7. The Mirror continues Andrews' personal songs with titles like "Cut and Run" and "Sinking Ship" making clear that since getting married and having her first child in the last few years, she can still write about pain and life's problems.
What's different about The Mirror from her previous work is that often the emotions in the songs are masked by upbeat tempos and happy melodies. Nowhere is this more apparent than the song "Another Man." With lyrics like "Oh my God / I found another / man to help me lose my way," Andrews manages to cover her sadness with a buoyant piano melody and the beautiful backing vocals of her musical partner, Josh Oliver.
The title track is another song that shares more in common with the happy melodies of Sarah Harmer than her former band. Optimism shines through with "I know there is light / even in the shadows / wherever the sun goes / I will follow too." There's even a beautiful lullaby to her son, "Wake Up, Nico." But, the centerpiece of the album, "A Little Less," is classic Jill Andrews. Behind a beautiful acoustic guitar and Oliver's complementary backing vocals, Andrews gives her strongest vocal performance to date.
The Mirror returns Jill Andrews to the personal songs of the past but presents itself with the most pop sensibility of her career. But as this Live at KDHX session makes clear, she still has spare, intimate country folk grace to burn.
All photos by Kelsey McClure.