CD REVIEW: Adam Burrows - Tall Tales
By Cyrus Rhodes - 02/21/2012 - 11:01 PM EST
Artist: Adam Burrows
Album: Tall Tales
Label: Me and the Machine Records
Genre: Acoustic folk/pop
Sounds Like: Counting Crows, Rob Thomas, Plain White T’s.
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Me & Olivia, San Diego Sally,
Adam Burrows is a singer/songwriter from Nashville, Tennessee. His latest release entitled Tall Tales released in 2011.This is his second release to date.
The CD takes flight with “Just Another Adam” an earthy intro piece that serves up steady rock rhythm, well placed acoustic guitar against hooky vocal melody from Burrows that peaks and valleys its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “Follow Her Around” keeps things moving in the right direction with driving acoustical guitar rhythm guitar against Americana guitar ambience, hooky chorus and impressive guitar licks. This piece is quite impressive with its demonstrating impressive writing virtuoso from Burrows. Track 3 delivers a catchy, yet folksy groove that delivers impressive vocal harmonies, impressive rhythm guitar against heartfelt vocal delivery from Burrows. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts such as Counting Crows, Rob Thomas, and maybe a splash of Plain White T’s. The music itself is an impressive blend of acoustic-alternative with folksy-type elements, yet delivered with a singer-songwriter’s grace. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. Along the way you will notice lush instrumentation with things like lush vocal harmonies, impressive Americana Blues guitar chops, fiddles, solid acoustic rhythm guitar, Banjo, Clarinet, Trumpet, Cello, and Piano. Turning our attention squarely on Burrows – he’s an impressive voice reminiscent of Paul Simon, Rob Thomas and even Ed Kowalczyk (Live). I might add Burrows takes several vocal risks throughout the CD indicating to me a song and confident vocal ability. The songwriting is rock solid as provides a lot of musical variety despite the subtle conservativeness. I can honestly say I was entertained the entire time, with never a dull moment to be found. From compelling “San Diego Sally” to dynamic “Camden” to heartfelt “Me & Olivia” to melodic Tall Tale Tuesday” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends with “Alone” the perfect finale piece waving you end for a smooth landing.
It’s hard to find any noticeable weakness with this CD. I give up!
From start to finish Tall Tales from Adam Burrows is a world class musical presentation. It’s one of the best earthy catalogues I;ve heard in a while. The music is very consistent, well-crafted and extremely entertaining. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak piece on this entire catalogue. The production strokes: writing and playing abilities of Adam Burrows are brilliant strokes upon the canvass. The melodies and songwriting are very conservative in nature yet masterfully crafted. True talent can be displayed in the most bare bones of musical settings. Having said this let me go on record and say Adam Burrows is the genuine article and can entertain with nothing more than a voice, an acoustic guitar and his world songwriting. He is clearly a marquee talent worthy of the spotlight your full undivided attention and praise. The lyrical content is packed to the hilt with rich conventional wisdom, and the vocal presence of Burrows just brings the whole thing together.
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