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From his tenure with Magazine and The Bad Seeds to his solo work, Barry Adamson has enjoyed exploring the twisted fringes of desire while keeping his music engaging and accessible. I Will Set You Free is no exception—its tunes explore lust, corruption, and spirituality with a feel for brazen hooks and visceral rhythms. Adamson’s leering croon wraps around insinuating numbers like “Turnaround,” “Get Your Mind Right," and “Looking to Love Somebody” with a cool nonchalance. He moves with a kinky swagger through “The Power of Suggestion” and takes on a Burt Bacharach–like sophistication for “If You Love Her,” hinting at dangerous excesses beneath his suave persona. Adamson’s supple, deep-toned bass lines and bold production ideas define the album musically. Film noir soundscapes (“The Trigger City Blues”), buoyant rockers (“The Sun and the Sea”), and yearning ballads (“Stand In”) show the sweep of his vision. Overall, I Will Set You Free tempers its pop ambitions with a certain subversive edge, suggesting that Adamson hasn’t left his early punkish instincts behind.

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I always had a great respect and admiration for Barry Adamson's work. His oeuvre, if you will has been hit and miss but when he hits, he hits it brilliantly and on this album he nailed it once again. I'm already a big fan of his earlier works particularly of "Soul Murder," "Moss Side Story" and the mischievous "The Negro Inside Me," borrowing from Jim Thompson's "The Killer Inside Me." Adamson, loves the gritty urban stories of sex, crime, mayhem and the hilarity of tragedy w/a dose of corrupted comedies that we set in our lives. Oh, should I add his son's can be mirthful and sexy? Here he strikes all those chords and the some. He feels and sounds inspired and as usual all the songs work by themselves and as a cohesive whole. Kudos to Adamson and may he keep producing great music to contemplate the city as it moves day-today and into the night that holds mysteries we never expected.


Born: June 1, 1958 in Moss Side, Manchester, England

Genre: Alternative

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

Barry Adamson's work as a bassist for Magazine and Nick Cave's Bad Seeds gave little indication of the complex, cinematic works he has composed as a solo artist. After leaving the Bad Seeds in 1987, Adamson decided to follow the path of film composers like John Barry, Ennio Morricone, and Bernard Herrmann, whose work had intrigued him since childhood. His first full-length album, 1989's Moss Side Story (he had released one previous EP in 1988), was a tour de force, blending post-punk, industrial,...
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