Andrea's music is centered around her sometimes soft, sometimes throaty, vocals and a heavy dose of piano. The piano serves as a backbone to each song, providing riffs and chords. "Numb And Fine" in particular even gets a little jazzy. Her voice is held above every element of the music and is truly in the spotlight for the majority of the album. I feel that the instances where a bit of reverb hits the production are when her voice hits its ideal peak.
The album's most fascinating moments are the teetering cinematic tracks like "Peter And The Sheep" and "Theories". Andrea has stated that she's a fan of Danny Elfman's work, she even covered "Sally's Song", and it's fairly evident by the whimsical yet menacing arrangements of the tracks. "Aren't We?", the album's closing song, takes a different route. It creates the mental image of soft crooning over a dimmed venue, with couples observing from a distance as they slowly dance. The song gives off such a free flowing mood and showcases another facet of the record.
I don't want to box her into a certain role, but Andrea Dawn's music fits perfectly among other contemporaries like Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy. One thing that stands out the most on Theories Of How We Can Be Friends is the amount of great melodies present on the record, which one could argue is the most vital part of a song.