Artist: Adam Burrows
Album: Never One For Silence
Sounds Like: Paul Simon, Counting Crows
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 9/10
Songwriting Skills: 9/10
Performance Skill: 9/10
Best Songs: Coffee in the Morning, Ballad of Walter Williams, Prison Break
The sound of Nashville singer/songwriter/guitarist Adam Burrows reminds me of the jangly, easily funky vibe of an eclectic summer folk festival. Never One For Silence boasts seven unpretentiously cool songs rich with lyrical images and clean, crisp musicianship.
The tracks are framed around Burrow’s acoustic playing and sincere vocals. “Coffee in the Morning” is a bouncy, delightful love song – Dan Webb’s swooping bass on the low end and Steve Neubert’s mandolin plucking are particularly charming.
Butch Simmon’s percussion and the wordless backing vocals give "Had To Get Lost To Find My Way" a Rusted Root-style groove. Trippy swirls of electric guitar and the singalong refrain are nice ethereal touches.
"Balld of Walter Williams" is jazzy, wrenching, and beautiful. Jeff Lisenby offers flourishes of piano, and Burrows’ lyric creates characters worth caring about. It is a couple’s touching tale – a man loses his adored wife to cancer, but he’s “gonna be OK.”
So if you’re like me, you’re choked up after that one. Then comes the rocking “Prison Break.” Burrows’ vocal is urging and optimistic, and the musicians fire on all cylinders around him.
"House That's Not Right in the Head" has a gypsy flair. It's a minor-key number in which Lisenby’s accordion dances with Neubert’s trilled mandolin – powerful chorus, too. And the closing number, “Right As Rain,” is a fitting conclusion – just Burrows’ longing vocal, a single guitar, and a muted low synth string effect.
The back cover of Never One For Silence shows a single stool, single microphone, and single guitar. Adam Burrows could certainly spin these tales in a solo setting, and better still he has found sympathetic musicians to make his music even richer.