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Album Review

Roots rock that leans more towards the easy listening side, which could also very well possibly appeal to the young pups due to its modern production — you could certainly say that's a fair assessment of the second full-length effort by Peter Bradley Adams, 2008's Leavetaking. In a time of popular music where an increasing amount of new releases are becoming more and more slick, it's a pleasant surprise to hear stripped down music — focusing heavily on Adams' breathy singing style and understated guitar and piano playing. This aforementioned approach that Adams specializes in is probably best sampled on the album opening ditty, "The Longer I Run," while he also offers such "late night listening" tracks as "Keep Us," and even replicates Rufus Wainwright's signature vocals (that is, if Wainwright was a guitarist rather than pianist) on "Under My Skin." Leavetaking would provide the perfect soundtrack at your favorite local coffeehouse.

Customer Reviews

A touching, heartfelt and beautiful album

Why artists such as Mr Adams aren't riding-high in the charts is beyond me (rhetorical - we all know the answer). Then again perhaps it's a good thing, because it makes discovering such an understated gem of a record all the sweeter. A little bit folk, a little bit newgrass with a roots-acoustic undertone - Leavetaking is a stunning, delicate and hugely listenable piece of work. Just check out the haunting piano refrain of Los Angeles, or the heartbroken Always - this is music to while away a summer's evening. Both uplifting and moving - buy this album now, you won't regret it. Viva la itunes - I have whiled away many pleasurable hours discovering many awesome new albums over the years (just bring your prices down a little - please!).

Without a shadow of doubt the only word to describe this album is beautiful.

This is singlehandedly the best music I have found, ever. Thank you for producing something so inspriring and so easy to listen to.

Lovely lyrics

Peter Bradley Adams' graceful melodies are lyrical and painfully beautiful, yet unlike many other artists of this genre, he refrains from the truly melancholy. A pleasure to listen to whilst sipping earl grey and reading books.

Biography

Born: Birmingham, AL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A singer and songwriter whose work is musically subtle but emotionally forceful, Peter Bradley Adams was born in Birmingham, Alabama and grew up in a musical family, taking inspiration from his grandfather, a jazz musician proficient in the piano and clarinet. Adams began learning the piano when he was six years old, and went on to study music at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern...
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