Those who have followed this site for any length of time know I’m a big fan of Andrew Ripp’s music. This interview from 2010 is a must-read, and if you haven’t heard She Remains The Same or his latest effort Won’t Let Go, you need to rectify that situation. Why not start with Simple, which reworks the entirety of Won’t Let Go acoustically, with the addition of this exceptional cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”?
Ripp strips the song down to its basics, opening with a piano melody which in its rawest form sounds virtually McCartney-esque. He then builds to create something which shows an appreciation for Timberlake’s original groove while becoming his own fresh take on the pop smash. From there it’s equally easy to imagine him doing the same kind of work on classics-in-the-making like “Cool Ya (Nobody Loves You Like I Do)” or the beautiful “Rescue Me,” which, on the original album, featured Vince Gill on guest vocals.
Andrew Ripp clearly is the real deal, as album after album he continues to rip up the pop-rock playbook. Thank God it’s not even close to being too late to get in on the game. Give it a listen and sound off in the comments section below … can’t wait to hear from you!