12 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone who assumed that Adam Franklin’s creativity peaked during his tenure as Swervedriver’s frontman has a lot of catching up to do. With his third studio album recorded sans Swervies, Franklin shows no signs of curbing his creative streak, which has been birthing sublimely catchy indie rock since 1990. I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years came out exactly 20 years after Son of Mustang Ford, but it sounds like Franklin’s lackadaisical voice hasn’t aged a day. Overall, the 12 songs here aren’t as noisy and discordant as those on the preceding Spent Bullets. This lets listeners home in on Franklin’s unassuming melodies, which only get catchier with repeated listens. And there’s still plenty of guitar string-bending and tube-amp distortion for fans of Franklin’s allegiance to 20th-century indie rock. Parts of “I'll Be Yr Mechanic” ring out with the familiar tones and drones of 1998's underrated Space Travel, Rock 'n' Roll, but with a more seasoned sense of musicianship and songwriting. “Sinking Ships” sounds like the evolution of Swervedriver.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Anyone who assumed that Adam Franklin’s creativity peaked during his tenure as Swervedriver’s frontman has a lot of catching up to do. With his third studio album recorded sans Swervies, Franklin shows no signs of curbing his creative streak, which has been birthing sublimely catchy indie rock since 1990. I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years came out exactly 20 years after Son of Mustang Ford, but it sounds like Franklin’s lackadaisical voice hasn’t aged a day. Overall, the 12 songs here aren’t as noisy and discordant as those on the preceding Spent Bullets. This lets listeners home in on Franklin’s unassuming melodies, which only get catchier with repeated listens. And there’s still plenty of guitar string-bending and tube-amp distortion for fans of Franklin’s allegiance to 20th-century indie rock. Parts of “I'll Be Yr Mechanic” ring out with the familiar tones and drones of 1998's underrated Space Travel, Rock 'n' Roll, but with a more seasoned sense of musicianship and songwriting. “Sinking Ships” sounds like the evolution of Swervedriver.

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