I Will Set You Free CD (2012)

Artist: Barry Adamson

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Product Overview


Label Central Control International/
SKU 228137117
UPC 610696775023
UPC 14 00610696775023
Format CD
Release Date 2/14/2012
Author Barry Adamson
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Pan Sonic
Technical Info
Engineer Paul Pascoe; Barry Adamson
Producer Barry Adamson
CatalogID CC 1019CD
Lable Name Central Control International
Released 01/30/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 42m : 50s
Studio/Live Studio
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Barry Adamson (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming); Bobby Williams (guitar); Steve Hamilton (saxophone, tenor saxophone); Sid Gould (trumpet); Harry Brown (trombone); Nick Plytas (piano, organ, keyboards); Iain Ross (drums).
Audio Mixers: Paul Pascoe; Barry Adamson.
Recording information: Church Rd Studios; Murky World 3.
Photographer: Kasia Kifert.
Arranger: Barry Adamson.
In the four years since Barry Adamson issued the tour de force that was Back to the Cat, he's participated in at least one Magazine reunion tour. He was an original member before leaving to join the first version of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. Adamson's influence is clearly felt on their first three albums and singles. I Will Set You Free purposely evokes the swaggering, sleazy rock & roll of the Bad Seeds and the restrained menace of Magazine's post-punk moodiness -- as well as other stops along his idiosyncratic musical journey. Though he doesn't emphasize the imaginary soundtrack moves of his early records, it doesn't mean they aren't here -- check "The Trigger City Blues," with its spooky organ and sound effects (breaking glass, ringing telephones, etc.). Adamson kicks off the ten-song set with "Get Your Mind Right," fueled by a throbbing, rumbling, distorted bassline that recalls the early Bad Seeds. He also cops part of the Rolling Stones' "Street Fightin' Man" lyrically and melodically at the end of each line in the refrain. "Black Holes in My Brain" is a fingerpopping shuffler that evokes Adamson's trademark lounge lizard persona as well as his deep love of swinging, bluesy jazz, though he undergirds it all with his thoroughly funk-drenched bassline for admirable contrast. 'Turnaround" uses the melodic, alienated menace of post-punk, though Adamson turns the tables by using it in a straight-up love song. "Destination" is pure sonic attack, directly referencing the Stooges "Penetration." On the refrain, however, Adamson throws a change-up: he slips an irresistible pop hook into the refrain and bridge without losing stride. "Looking to Love Somebody" is a shimmering, soulful, 21st century funk driven by harpsichord, rubbery bassline, wah-wah guitars and breaks. "The Sun and the Sea" features layers of guitars but actively suggests Magazine's "Secondhand Daylight." Adamson's Howard Devoto-esque alienated prophet contradicts the song's bright tempo; highlighting the influence further are keyboards in the instrumental interlude. "If You Love Her" unabashedly references Scott Walker's passionate, theatrical croon from Scott 4 with Piero Piccioni-esque production. (Adamson has the vocal chops to pull it off.) The set closes with an even stranger homage: to David Bowie's Ziggy Stardust if it had been produced by David Axelrod. Even with the pop music encyclopedia at his disposal, his songs reflect his signature iconoclasm. With their wildly various, crowded musical architectures, his songs' lyrics address desire and death, and celebrate the spiritual impossibility of living "purely." In Adamson's subjective universe, the standalone "I" may occasionally wish to enter the collective "We" but accepts that it cannot. I Will Set You Free is the sound of Adamson's liberation as a songwriter, producer, and arranger. He feels comfortable in his skin on this wonderfully sequenced collection of songs that makes no attempt to hide his past; if anything, he celebrates it as he moves ever forward. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Uncut (magazine) (p.79) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Sometimes, Adamson's voice is oddly reminiscent of Nick Cave's gothic croon, but it's a more technically agile and emotive instrument."
Disc 1
1 Set Your Mind Right
2 Black Holes In My Brain
3 Turnaround
4 Power Of Suggestion, The
5 Destination
6 Trigger City Blues, The
7 Looking To Love Somebody
8 Sun And The Sea, The
9 If You Love Her
10 Stand In
Product Attributes
Artist Adamson,Barry
Music Format Compact Disc
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