Enter For True, the follow-up to 2010's Backatown (Verve), Troy Andrews' universally acclaimed breakthrough LP — a release that not only stood out among local output as a stellar work, but one that cast a new light on "New Orleans music." And just a little over a year later, Andrew tops it.
Following (and continuing) a whirlwind tour, including an appearance on Conan, and capped with a release party at Tipitina's last night (which you can check out here, via Liveset), For True debuted at No. 1 on the iTunes jazz chart (and it's $7.99 right now, and $5.99 at Amazon.com, where it also sits at No. 1).
Like its predecessor, on For True, Andrews and Orleans Avenue successfully wrap soul, R&B, brass, hip-hop and funk in a solid, uncluttered package. This time, Andrews adds elements of bounce and hard rock, and its star turns — Rebirth Brass Band, some Nevilles, 5th Ward Weebie — give the album a proper homecoming. Other guest stars (Jeff Beck, Kid Rock) are relegated to studio players when sharing the room with Andrews. (Also, Kid Rock apparently is back to rapping — and only for, like, 20 seconds.)
You can stream the album in its entirety after the jump: