Anderson East, Girlfriend | Track Review
Soulful singer-songwriter Anderson East delivers on the brief, but thrilling “Girlfriend,” the third single issued from his highly-anticipated sophomore album, ‘Encore.’
What is the best way to categorize Anderson East stylistically? “That, is the question!” East is incredibly eclectic, incorporating elements of country, pop, rock, singer-songwriter, and southern soul into his music. His debut album, Delilah, was terrific, though unfortunately, underrated. More than two years later, he returns with Encore, which includes the brief, but electric teaser track, “Girlfriend.”
“Girlfriend” kicks off like a throwback soul record. What? It’s not far-fetched – Delilah was chocked-full of Anderson East exhibiting his southern soul. The production certainly doesn’t sound like 2018, which is a major selling point. Instead of trap percussion and wild synths, there are horns, piano, organ – all things 60s and 70s. East matches the vibe vocally, with his distinct, gritty, soulful pipes. He’s authentic, invested, and incredibly playful with his performance. “Girlfriend” is short and sweet, but incredibly fun.
“All on My Mind” tickled my fancy as the promo single for Encore issued back in 2017. “Girlfriend,” the third offering from the highly-anticipated album, has my fancy giggling giddily all over again. Great vocals, great production, killer vibe – this is good stuff without question.