Andrew Hsieh I started playing piano in elementary school. I was five years old, and everything sounded brand new. Even playing Mary Had a Little Lamb was something completely novel to me. But that feeling didn't last. After decades of playing music, those music highs came few and far in between. (I don't care how many times Jim Brickman reinterprets the Disney music canon.)
But J-Witt's Exposed gave me that brand new feeling all over again. Every track on this sings of someone who's passionate about his craft and his art. God forbid I sound like some stodgy art critic, but there is a creativity and surprise in this album that is rare found elsewhere. And I'm not just talking about the Surprise Symphony-esque scares in Canvas.
My favorite track is definitely "Exposed," which made me pull over in the middle of driving home just so I could listen to it. I envy anyone who gets to listen to it for the first time. But it won't matter how many times you listen to the album. Because J-Witt's album makes everything seem new again, and I'm more than happy for that.
Favorite track: Exposed.