August 3, 2006


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Peter Bradley Adams, Gather Up
High Wire Music, 2006

Around 400 CDs have found their way into the mailbox here so far this year and wouldn’t you know but a self-produced Americana record has left all the others pointing fingers and begging not to be melted into army men. This isn’t an “amazingly pretty record” or a “fine example” of such and so, it’s a Rumours, a Court And Spark, a Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Were our times not the mother of all DIY eras, mafia bagmen would at this very moment be putting the finishing payola touches on the conspiracy to get these songs played every 10 minutes on pop radio. Formerly of Eastmountainsouth, Adams soundtracked Cameron Crowe’s Elizabethtown among other films, and this is his first solo album, designed for his soulful tenor, a chalky half-whispered take on Jon Secada. Adams has an abnormally gifted way with edge-of-the-world piano dramatics, but the more hypnotizing moments come when he gets his acoustic guitar arpeggios bubbling in and out of all-pro chill-folk mixes (“Chant”). You’ll find upon a second listen that there is literally not one note on this thing that didn’t have to undergo ISO-9000 certification and thorough drug testing. A+

— Eric. W. Saeger

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