The Keith John Adams
Happy Happy Birthday To Me Records
Genre: indie pop, pop/rock
July 29 2008
Unclever may be the most straightforward
rock album the HHBTM label has churned out to date. And with that in
mind, it's also one of the damned catchiest.
Keith John Adams has been going it solo
since a debut seven-inch in 2001, although his music career dates back
even further to his time in late-90s "art-skiffle" band Zuno Men.
Alone, he has produced two albums, and this record sees him back in a
band setting (hence The Keith John Adams.) His
collaborators are Kay Stanton and Jason NeSmith of the
lovely Casper and the Cookies, another HHBTM act.
On Unclever, Adams shuffles
between revved-up garage-rock and juicy power-pop. Indeed, these
twelve songs are so saturated in hooks you could stock a pirate ship
with them. The fun starts with the bright party-rock of "Bed," which
is a tad Jetty but still quirkily infectious - its energized
guitars and gushy chorus make it a joy to bounce around to. Other
highlights include irresistible "Sorry That I Love You Badly" with its
stickily jerky guitar riffs and sublimely boppy "Elizabeth Hodgkinson
Warzone," as well as rare acoustic reprieve "Yesterday Morning." But
to isolate particular songs is to neglect other gems - "Nothing,"
bluesy "Now That I Found You," and perfect pop nugget "Nobody Loves
Me" are also worthy of note. Indeed, this twelve track album is rife
with expert pop songwriting, and Adams' professionally snappy lyrical
style complements the songs famously. And although several of these
tracks follow identical formulas, the sheer quality of these hooks
makes them continuously exciting. In fact, I can't recall the last
review CD I found so entertaining; Unclever is the best piece
of pop I've encountered in recent memory. Very recommended.
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