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Mercenary
  • Artist: Andrew Primm
  • Label: CD Baby
  • UPC: 837101161985
  • Item #: SRD116198
  • Genre: Rock
  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • This product is a special order
  • Rank: 1000000000
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Mercenary on CD

'This is a great ALBUM album, they don't make them like this anymore. Every tune is a hit and every tune is different.'-Zach Richards, Austin, TX 'And it looks like a vinyl record and comes with a poster and liner notes inside!' - Andrew Primm Visit Andrew Primm's band, AMAZING LARRY, at amazinglarryrocks on myspace.com and AndrewPrimm.com! But don't just take these wonderful, astute nice people's word for it! Check out these reviews from the local press! MERCURIAL MUSICIAN ANDREW PRIMM's DEBUT To be sure, Andy Primm is one of Santa Fe's premiere musicians- as likely to don KISS makeup and spandex and play at an outdoor festival as a coat and tie to sit in with an Aid and Comfort ensemble- whose musical talent is always in demand. That talent, that ability to skip from one genre to the next, that knack for poppy songwriting, proves quickly noticeable on MERCENARY, his new CD. The disc kicks off with "Everywhere," an upbeat little jazz-lite love song, odd in it's harkening to... Michael McDonald FM jams, of all things. It's a sweet little tune, but not a rocker. The rockers come later, starting with "Stay Stacey Stay,"a perfect piece of pop confection if ever there were one. With an opening guitar riff that evokes Rick Springfield and Asia (!), synthesized strings and more hooks than a tackle box, "Stay" is one of Primm's best songs. Ditto the keyboard-based "Molly Ringwald," a musical embodiment of every John Hughes film ever made, a danceable ode to teen angst and good soundtracks. "Molly" is followed by the wire-y '80s-ish "Where Have U Been," a song of betrayal that would be heartbreaking if it weren't for it's infectiousness, addictive background vocals and rockin' guitar solo by guest guitarist Mikey Baker. What marks MERCENARY most is a certain confoundedness amidst all the simple (at least on the surface) pop. Whether intentional or not, there is an '80s feel to the disc, and it's tough to solve the puzzle: Who is this guy? An FM jammer? A Prince acolyte? A John Hughes fetishist? The answer is: it doesn't matter. Primm stuns in his songwriting ability, his clear addiction to his craft and his balance of irony and sheer glee. In fact, the answer, then, is this: Just put the disc on and dance. -Jonanna Widner, the Santa Fe Reporter "Primm and proper" Local music news just keeps getting better. Just days after my interview last week with Noah Devore (Keyboard), local musician Andy Primm- of Amazing Larry, the Gluey Brothers, and Love Gun fame- arrived at my Cerrillos road office with a copy of his brand-spanking-new, self produced CD titled MERCENARY. The 10 tracks are 100 percent original works by Primm, with the help of a few local musicians. Lehra Gordon (Amazing Larry) lends her skills to most of the record's bass sessions, while F. Michael "Mikey" Baker (Love Gun, The Gluey Brothers) attacks a few tracks with his guitar skills. Drummer Bjorn Hamre manages the skins on "Casino", one of my favorite tracks on the record; it carries a funky Elvis Costello/Elton John/The Jam vibe that makes for an addictive listen. Parts of the record are poppy, others are smooth, and others just rock the hell on. Some songs take power rock to a completely new level, the likes of which will surely make Ted Nugent pe in his buffalo loincloth and Journey's Steve Perry cry in his Zima. This is a damn good record from a veteran Santa Fe musician. -Rob DeWalt, the Santa Fe New Mexican.