Well, I picked it up after work and hoped to listen to it while I drifted off into a nice late afternoon nap. Not a good idea.
It’s an album Adams has always had the potential to make, that’s for sure. It almost feels like a tribute album to the stuff he was probably listening to when he grew up during the '80s: Joy Division, The Smiths, and The Replacements, in particular. Aside from the jangly “Anybody Wanna Take Me Home” and the ironically-titled piano ballad “Rock N Roll,” it’s a pretty intense, distorted guitar type of record. My first impressions are that it could use more of these sorts of tracks to break up the sonic assault, as it’s pretty overwhelming to get through in one listen. Some of the songs blend together, but “So Alive” is near-perfect, with Adams singing in an etheral falsetto underneath a propulsive drum beat and two interwoven new wave-ish guitar lines. “Boys” is another great track here, a reworking of Blur’s “Boys and Girls” with a perfectly simple two-note guitar riff holding it together.
Redundant at times, but very ambitious. I’ll give it a 3.5 out of 5; it’s one of those CDs I’ll probably listen to most when I’m getting myself psyched up to go out on a Saturday night.
gatopescado: I’d love to see Tweedy and Adams work together, but considering their respective egos, I’d hate to see one of them strangle the other to death with a low E string.