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Reviewed by Mike Farley
“Earth & Venus” and “Good Life” are holdovers from Fine China, and are two of the best tracks here. The former is possibly Davis’ best song—not only does he successfully compare a long distance love affair with planets’ proximity, but the melancholy feel and sad, piano-driven melody give it this amazing sense of reality. And tracks like “Believable Doubt” and “Brown Eyes,” not to mention “Black Keys” (the latter two were also on Davis’ Thinks of Her debut) are hooky but not in that high-burn rate, Top 40 kind of way—they will simply have you hitting “replay” time and again. Producer Mitchell Froom (Sheryl Crow, Crowded House, Elvis Costello) really brings all of these songs to life, in particular the electronica-infused “Beautiful Day For Bad News” and the picturesque closer, “Union & 3rd.” And the sparsely arranged guitar and piano ballad, “Spade is a Spade,” is the perfect track for a rainy day.
Along with Mead, Davis draws comparisons to piano man Ben Folds (also a Nashville guy) as well as the legendary Paul Simon. And while he’s still young and probably has a long career ahead, Andy Davis is already in good company. Let the Woman is a good mix of his best material along with a few solid new songs, and Davis is no doubt going to earn many new fans with this effort. So if this all floats your boat, Let the Woman is something you should grab from your favorite digital music store shelf.