138. Ten Songs By Adam Again – Adam Again
TEN SONGS BY ADAM AGAIN (1988)
This second release from the amazing band Adam Again was such a tremendous leap forward in quality writing, production and performance from the debut that it is nearly staggering. What “In A New World of Time” only hinted at became fully realized in this impressive collection.
Soul, groove, alternative, rock, world music and even flashes of Black Gospel ooze out of the grooves on this amazing project. Lyrically deep and introspective the genius that was Gene Eugene Adrusco began to develop in a much more obvious way.
Tree House is a funky groove that was 2 minutes too long to be rock radio friendly but contained such an infectious groove that the six minutes felt like four. Beat Particular is a silky, sexy groove that just reeks of cool while never coming off as pretentious.
The album highlight for me continues to be “Trouble With Lies.” Something about the groovy backing vocals and sparse production just makes it a stand out. There is just so much going on in this song musically that it demands repeated listens. The cover of the Bill Withers classic “Ain’t No Sunshine” does the song justice.
This great album pointed toward what would follow, especially on the amazing Dig album to be reviewed later. This industry has lost several amazing singers, songwriters, musicians and produces, but few that match Eugene. He is missed even a decade later.