Barry Adamson â€“ Back To The Cat / 2008 Central Control International / 10 Tracks / http://www.barryadamson.com /
Individuals may not be able to immediately associate the name Barry Adamson with any acts. This is due to the fact that much of Adamsonâ€™s most known works were those that backed up charismatic lead singers, with Adamson spending time in acts like Visage,
The first track on â€œBack To The Catâ€ is â€œThe Beaten Side of Townâ€, and it slowly slinks into the vision of the listeners. The track draws heavily on early jazz to craft a web of cool, hip sound. It is true that there will be few outside of the NPR set that can truly appreciate what Adamson has on this introductory track, but â€œThe Beaten Side of Townâ€ is a strong opening for Adamson here. The second track on the album is â€œStraight â€˜Til Sunriseâ€, The inclusion of atmospheric noises, such as police sirens, provides an urban sound to the track. Instead of sticking with a jazz-heavy sound for this track, there is an upswing to this track that puts Adamson in the role of a lounge singer more than anything. â€œSpend A Little Timeâ€ is the track that shines brightest during the earliest tracks on â€œBack To The Catâ€.
This means that there is still the heavy jazz type of influence that was first touched upon during â€œThe Beaten Side of Townâ€, but Adamson places in a swinging type of beat that will drive itself deep into the heads and hearts of anyone that is fortunate enough to listen in. Each of the tracks adds a little bit more to the overall sound of â€œBack To The Catâ€. While there are a number of songs that could be conceived of as singles, the album-oriented nature of the songs makes a full appreciation of the album only possible when individuals sit down and digest each of the ten cuts. The reward that listeners get is large: Adamson has thrown so many different things into this album that listeners will likely miss some on their first few listens. Check Adamsonâ€™s latest out, if one wants to hear exactly how jazz can be used in the current period.
Top Tracks: People, Civilization