346. Perfecta – Adam Again
Though this is not the best of Adam Again’s amazing discography it is still one of the great recordings in alternative music within the Christian world. But it also remains a poignant and powerful reminder of the greatness of Gene Eugene and a lasting testament as the final album recorded and released before his death.
Perfecta followed Dig, one of the true masterpieces in CCM history and many originally thought the mellower vibe was a disappointment. But as time wore on the listeners began to realize what a potent punch is hidden within the softer frame. Dealing with the his divorce cause Eugene to be more contemplative and introspective and the music and lyrics reveal this struggle. As a result the album is filled with slow building tunes that increase with intensity.
Stone opens as one of the mellowest songs in the bands tenure, but also one of the most melodic. It reveals a man wandering in his mind or on the streets looking hopelessly for what was lost relationally. Christian artists usually do not divulge nights at bars as lyrical fodder, but Adam Again is no ordinary band and Eugene no ordinary songwriter. The cry of just wanting to turn to stone is so real and gut twisting the listener feels the loss.
The basis for Strobe actually started with a friend of Eugene who used to come over late at night and sneak around trying to get into the house studio where Eugene lived and worked. “All You Lucky People” is a personal favorite vocal performance. Many have compared Eugene’s voice to Michael Stipe of REM but I always found an edgier resonance and more diversity of passion from Eugene. Much more can and will be said about the band and man as other related projects are discussed.