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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

He can do no wrong!!!

From East Mountain South (which i STRONGLY suggest you buy as well) to his solo work, Peter Bradley Adams has single-handedly created a brand new genre of folk music. Blending true depth of emotion and clical precision, with instrumentation from both folk, african and american roots he is a true original. Then wrap the music in the smoke of his voice and you are treated to one of the newest, and most honest voices in Amercan music today.

Very Beautiful

This is an absolutely gorgeous album. The songs just kind of float over you and emerse you in their soothing tones. That being said, it can be a bit of a sleeper album. I'll Forget You is really the only song that comes close to being upbeat, and even it is not quite there. The other complaint is the shortness of it. Only 9 songs, with the last being an instrumental, and So Are You to Me a Eastmountainsouth remake. That makes 7 new songs lyrically. Almost more of an EP than a full album. Though then again, with these hushed sounds, maybe its better to keep it short. All in all this album is a great purchase, and is perfect in the times when you just need soft sounds to ooze into your eardrums, and float around you. sd


This guy's voice is heavenly! The sound feels so quiet and near, almost as if there was no production or gloss covering any of the songs. The whole album is beautiful, but I think I almost cried when I listened to Song for's all instrumental...but it's so amazing.


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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