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Magazines or Novels
Magazines or Novels
Andy Grammer - Magazines or Novels.png
Studio album by Andy Grammer
ReleasedAugust 5, 2014
Genre
LabelS-Curve Records
Andy Grammer chronology
Andy Grammer
(2011)
Magazines or Novels
(2014)
The Good Parts
(2017)
Singles from Magazines or Novels
  1. "Back Home"
    Released: April 8, 2014
  2. "Honey, I'm Good."
    Released: November 11, 2014
  3. "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)"
    Released: August 24, 2015
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars [1]
NewsdayC [2]

Magazines or Novels is the second studio album by American recording artist Andy Grammer, released on August 5, 2014 through S-Curve Records. It includes the triple-platinum selling hit single "Honey, I'm Good." which peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. A special edition exclusive to Target stores was released in May 2015 featuring two newly recorded tracks: "Kamikaze" and "Amazing."[3] A re-issued deluxe edition was released on November 20, 2015 with new artwork and included the album's third single, "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)".[4]

Singles

Prior to the album's release, Grammer released a single "Back Home" on April 8, 2014, co-written by Grammer and Ryan Met of the band AJR, who co-produced the track with Jon Levine. The album's second single, "Honey, I'm Good." was co-written by Grammer and Nolan Sipe and produced by Sipe, Steve Greenberg and Brian West.[5] Grammer went on the "Siren Songs" tour with Los Angeles-based recording artist Hughie Stone Fish in September 2014.[6]

The second single "Honey I'm Good." was released in the US in November 2014, and eventually impacted radio in February 2015. It became his biggest single to date, peaking at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and being certified triple-platinum by the RIAA.

In August 2015, during his run on Dancing with the Stars, Grammer released a new single "Good to Be Alive (Hallelujah)"[7] which was included on a reissued deluxe version on November 6, 2015.

Critical reception

Judah Joseph from The Huffington Post gave a positive review of the album saying "it is in ways reminiscent of John Mayer's earlier work" and compared Grammer's voice to Gavin DeGraw and Adam Levine's. "Magazines or Novels displays a level of consistent creativity and continued talent. [...] It surpasses the standard he set back in 2011". Joseph concluded describing the album as "emotionally complex collection of songs".[8]Newsday reviewer Glenn Gamboa gave the album a C grade commenting "it feels like a desperate attempt to manufacture another hit" while he ultimately "ends up with cut-rate approximations of other artists (Maroon 5 and OneRepublic)."[9] James Dinh from "SheKnows.com" analyzed the meanings of the songs and its contrasting lyrics and stated that "Grammer sprinkles a variety of lyrical themes throughout Magazines or Novels. While he plays up his lust for women (even though he's married) on the country-pop hoedown "Baby, I'm Good," he switches it up and assumes the role of sweet husband on the retro-sounding "Forever," using his easy-breezy falsetto to sing about how long his girl takes to get ready."

Track listing

Magazines or Novels -- Standard edition[10]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Honey, I'm Good."3:19
2."Back Home"
3:19
3."Pushing"
  • Grammer
  • Met
3:09
4."Forever"
3:39
5."Holding Out"
3:29
6."Remind You"Grammer4:28
7."Masterpiece"Grammer3:35
8."Sinner"
  • Grammer
  • John Cunningham
  • Zoe Moss
  • Amund Bjorkland
  • Espun Lind
3:41
9."Red Eye"
3:36
10."Blame It on the Stars"
3:12
11."Kiss You Slow"Grammer4:16
12."Co-Pilot"
3:05

Charts

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[12] 19
US Digital Albums (Billboard)[13] 12

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Magazines or Novels - Andy Grammer". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (August 4, 2014). "Andy Grammer's 'Magazines or Novels' review: You've read this one before". Newsday. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ Andy Grammer Official Twitter
  4. ^ a b "Magazines or Novels (Deluxe Edition) by Andy Grammer on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Andy Grammer Announces 'Back Home' Summer Tour". cbslocal.com. April 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "Andy Grammer Unveils New Feel-Good Single 'Back Home': Listen". Ryanseacrest.com. 2014-03-25. Retrieved .
  7. ^ http://www.hitfix.com/the-dartboard/heres-andy-grammers-late-in-the-game-contender-for-feel-good-song-of-the-summer
  8. ^ Joseph, Judah (August 1, 2014). "Review: Andy Grammer, Magazines or Novels". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2014.
  9. ^ Gamboa, Glenn (August 20, 2014). "Andy Grammer's 'Magazines or Novels' review: You've read this one before". Newsday. Retrieved 2014.
  10. ^ "Magazines or Novels by Andy Grammer on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "Andy Grammer - Magazines Or Novels - Target Exclusive". Target Corporation. Retrieved 2016.
  12. ^ "Andy Grammer Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Andy Grammer Chart History (Digital Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2017.
  14. ^ "American album certifications - Andy Grammer - Magazines or Novels". Recording Industry Association of America.If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.

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