The UK’s, Andy Crowe & The Eisen Family, have just released their latest single, Not Crying Today, and we here at the Send Me Your Ears studio have been taking a few listens today.
Not Crying Today is a heartfelt and soulful track that touches your soul. There’s a real passion in the delivery of the song, and we love the positivity and anthemic feel that Not Crying Today develops.
Not Crying Today is a slow burn. The song starts with simple guitar strums that feel a little distant with an almost honky-tonk style to them with a touch of tremolo. Crowe’s vocals join the mix immediately and you’re instantly drawn to his gravelly and breathy vocals. They feel inviting and earnest. It’s as if Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting all decided to sing at the same time as one voice!
As the song develops, a gorgeous chorus of voices joins the mix, together with a swelling Hammond and kick drum. It’s not until about halfway through the song that you’re treated to the positively euphoric and powerful choruses. Full band sound and loads of voices, guitars and incidental guitar riffs. You cannot help but get carried away by the positivity at this point. The chorus is a real sing-along high moment of the track.
Not Crying Today is an extremely dynamic song and the rise and fall – especially in the second half of the track – is a real lesson in how to arrange and score a song. It takes you on an emotional rollercoaster from the heights of the rapturous choruses back down to nothing before building you up again.
Because the track is so dynamic there is a vast volume difference between sections. To our ears, a compressor/limiter and around 5dB of make-up gain would bring the sections together a little more and reduce the possibility that the listener will feel the need to turn the volume up during the intro verses only to be blasted when the full band section comes in! The snare is a little boomy around 185Hz which is making it sound a bit dull. A careful surgical EQ cut here along with a wide boost across the high mids and highs would help make the snare and indeed the whole song sound brighter. In the vocals, a small cut around 250Hz and again in the 600-650Hz range would help them to fit a little better. We loved the way the track just kept building and the full band/choir sections towards the end sounded magnificent!
A positive and jubilant track that will warm your heart and make you hit repeat just for a few more feel-good moments. We’d urge our readers to add this to their playlist today.