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You Don't Know Me

Adam Marsland

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Album Review

Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Adam Marsland delivers a kickass album with You Don't Know Me. Be it the reflective, guitar-steered stomp of "My Kickass Life" or the acerbic, introspective "Other Than Me," Marsland recalls both a young Warren Zevon and a solo Ben Folds. The set opener is the best example of the latter, as "You Don't Know Me" combines wry lyrics ("You dropped your pants and told me to pucker/But I ain't your sucker"), a creative Folds-like piano line, and the timeless jazzy sway of Steely Dan. The guy even turns the hook from Stevie Nicks' "Edge of Seventeen" into a revelatory, infectious keeper, before asserting his rock & roll chops on the accessible, accelerated "Have a Nice Day." Marsland even masters falsetto pop with "The Big Bear," proving there's little he can't do and do well. ~ John D. Luerssen, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Excellent, sophisticated pop/rock worth every note

Marlsand writes great songs and his "Chaos Band" is one of the best in the business. If the first song ("You Don't Know Me") is a bit reminiscent of Ben Folds, the rest of the disc is entirely Marsland's own definitive sound as an artist. The songs move and are deep with emotional value. "Love X10 (How Dare You)" and "Other Than Me" are probably the 'singles' on the disc, followed by "The Big Bear." Other standout album tracks, though, include "Have A Nice Day" and "A Moment Of Clarity," among others. Highly recommend, especially if you want to hear good music in Rock again, or just songs of real musical value regardless of genre.

A Heir Apparent to Brian Wilson's Legacy

Unfortunately, iTunes does not cover the full breadth of Adam Marsland's body of music. However, if you need one album, "You Don't Know Me" is his seminal work that covers his music stylings and lyrics.

Listen closely and you can hear the subtleties that Brian WIlson wanted to expose us to during the initial "Smile" sessions.

"Have a Nice Day" and "What The World Needs Now Is a Good Deus Ex Machina" absolutely ROCKS! "The Big Bear" has broke into my top 10 favorite songs of all time. By Marsland's on recollections, the lyrics mean nothing (but are open to so many interpretations).

Take a chance and there is a guarantee that you will be singing along to "My Kickass Life" as a personal anthem.

Come on iTunes - get some more Adam Marsland.

PS: Adam resurrected the career of Evie Sand's! On that alone - BUY this ALBUM!

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Growing up in California, Adam Marsland shared studio space with three other musicians in the early '90s. In February 1994, after various bands broke up or were unsuccessful, the musicians at the studio decided to join forces. The result was Cockeyed Ghost, a pop/rock band that released four studio albums as well as a rarities compilation dating from 1996 to 2001. The group shared the stage with Redd Kross, Fastball, and Third Eye Blind, among others. By the release of Ludlow 6:18, however, Marsland...
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You Don't Know Me, Adam Marsland
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop
  • Released: Sep 28, 2004
  • Parental Advisory

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