Uncut - 6/03, p.1263 stars out of 5
- "...Tight collection of epic pop songs infused with catchy choruses and uplifting melodies..."
Personnel: Andy Stochansky (vocals, acoustic guitar, tambourine); Ian LeFeuvre (electric, slide guitars & bridge acoustic guitars, clarinet, mellotron, loops, background vocals); Greg Collins, Clay Jones (electric guitar); Les Cooper (slide guitar, guitar); Chris Bartos (violin, viola, cello); Tom Beckham (Hammond B-3 organ); Tom Rothrock (synthesizer); Alisdair Jones, Mark Hill (bass); Matt Chamberlain (drums, percussion, loops); Paul Brennan (drums); Dave Faragher (background vocals).
Producers: Tom Rothrock, Dennis Herring, Ian LeFeuvre.
Recorded Bathhouse Studios, Bath, Ontario on in August 2001, Canterbury Music Company, Toronto, Onatario between October and Novemeber 2001, Sweat Tea, Oxford, Missiouri.
Personnel: Andy Stochansky (vocals, acoustic guitar, cello, piano, glockenspiel, cymbals, tambourine); Dennis Herring (guitar, keyboards); Ian Lefeuvre (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, Mellotron, guiro, shaker, background vocals); Steve Krecklo (acoustic guitar); Les Cooper (electric guitar, background vocals); Clay Jones, Greg Collins (electric guitar); Chris Bartos (violin, viola, cello); Tom Beckham (woodwinds, Wurlitzer organ, Mellotron, keyboards, vibraphone, glockenspiel); David Travers-Smith (horns); Tom Rothrock (synthesizer); Matt Chamberlain (drums, percussion); Peter Von Althen (drums, sleigh bell); Davey Faragher (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Ian Lefeuvre; Jacquire King ; Rob Seifert; Tom Rothrock.
Recording information: Canterbury Music Co, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (08/??/2001-11/28/2001); Phase One, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (08/??/2001-11/28/2001); The Bathouse, Bath, Ontario, Canada (08/??/2001-11/28/2001).
Editor: Greg Collins .
Photographer: Jerome Albertini.
Pop troubadour Andy Stochansky aims for the heart, soul, and mind on the captivating Five Star Motel. Atmospheric, reflective, and emotionally charged, Stochansky's vocal style warrants favorable comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Bono, and Francis Healy. Via arrangements that employ seductive drum loops, Mellotrons, strings, horns, shimmering acoustic guitars, and subtle rhythms abetted by tranquil vocal harmonies, Stochansky creates a postmodern pop/rock gem steeped in introspection. The moody orchestral backdrop on "One Day" certainly owes allegiance to George Martin and Brian Wilson, and cuts including "Stutter," "Clay Pigeon," and "Mavis Said" resonate with somber beauty by way of linear melodies that melt over the backbeat. "Wonderful (It's Superman)" is the lone alternative rock anthem tossed in for good measure. Stochansky is an artist to keep an eye on and, in all probability, Five Star Motel is a record that will stand the test of time. ~ Tom Semioli