Black Bear by Andrew Belle

Innocents by Moby


After a significant break from his last studio record The Ladder, this talented musician from Illinois is back with new release, Black Bear. More recently, Belle launched his EP The Daylight sometime in the early bit of 2012. For someone who found his breakthrough via famous television series, this album seems to be one which promises a whole bunch of vibrant pop tunes and engages emotions.


#1. Dark Matter 5:18
#2. Pieces 4:01
#3. Sister 5:17
#4. Black Bear 5:11
#5. Wants What It Wants 4:57
#6. Details 3:49
#7. Santa Fe 3:45
#8. The Enemy 4:46
#9. Many Lives 4:46
#10. I Won’t Fight It 5:31
#11. Sister (Blackwatch Remix) 4:05


Andrew Belle: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar


Chad Copelin


20th August, 2013




Opening with an intense composition, Dark Matter is full of sincere attempts at a change in a positive direction. This attempt has certainly paid off as this track is laced with unique lyrics, which is a part he’s retained from his former work. He’s ditched the music that caters only to the listeners ears but has focused more on reaching them at more significant levels. The music is no longer as synthesized and the use of an acoustic guitar, piano and drums have been ensured more of the spotlight on here.


Clearly well versed with the art of writing resonant compositions, Belle has experimented with heavy rhythms that boost the ensemble. Pieces, the first single released from this record, has received commendable feedback from both listeners and critics. This is a pop-rock ballad with lyrics suggestive of a broken equation, the fragments of which need to be handled carefully. The song draws inspiration from effusive bands like Bon Iver, M83 or even Coldplay since Belle opts out of using the acoustic guitar and opts for something more upbeat. Other captivating tracks are title track Black Bear and Wants What It Wants. Similar to his previous records, these are delicate and contemplative and have a progressive structure.


Black Bear is clearly an experimental specimen but is still modest and accessible. Although he was good at folk-pop in past ventures, this detour is just as intriguing. Much of the success can be attributed to producer Chad Copelin, who has some vibrant experience with keyboards, to state it mildly. Despite the change in melodies, the lyrics haven’t changed and still retain their abysmal magnitude. Black Bear is an album that grows on you and is perfect for long rainy nights.





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