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NRBQ may have called it a day, but their founder Terry Adams is keeping the group's joyous and slightly loopy legacy alive on his 2009 solo album, Holy Tweet. Recorded with former NRBQ drummer Tom Ardolino and guitarist and bassist Scott Ligon, Holy Tweet doesn't aim to re-create the eclecticism of his old band's best work — there isn't much in the way of stylistic leaps and bounds here — but if you loved the pop-oriented rock & roll energy of "Rain at the Drive In," "I Want You Bad," or "Little Floater," then you're sure to like this set, which is dominated by short, straight-ahead tunes built around Adams' sly but sunny vocal personality, buoyant melodies, and superlative keyboard work. Holy Tweet also finds Adams in a slightly libidinous mood on tunes like "Key to My Pants," "Not Tonight, Hon," and "Feet," though he celebrates women in a more traditional manner on the charming "My Girl, My Girl," "Beautiful Lover," and a cover of "Indian Love Call." The album does veer into unexpectedly serious territory near the end with the moody "I'm Alone," and a brief exercise in self-deprecation called "So Disrespected" that coasts to a close after just over a minute. At less than 29 minutes, Holy Tweet seems a little bit thin by contemporary standards, but most of what's here is first-rate pop from one of music's true originals, and when Adams decries musicians who have turned on their muse for a paycheck on "Never Cop Out," he can take pride in the fact he's never done that, and if this album is any indication, he's not about to any time soon.


Born: 14 August 1948 in Louisville, KY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

If the word "eclectic" didn't exist, someone would have to coin a similar term to describe the music of Terry Adams. Adams is best known as the keyboard player and founder of NRBQ, one of America's great unheralded rock bands of the 1970s and '80s. NRBQ was well known for following any number of musical paths, and Adams' solo work has shown he's similarly unwilling to confine himself to one stylistic framework as he interprets rock, blues, jazz, and experimental music -- sometimes all at once --...
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