Singing Adams - Everybody Friends Now
When critically acclaimed The Broken Family Band split, the obvious progression was for head honcho and talented songwriter Steven Adams to fill our ears at some point in the future. Everybody Friends Now marks Adams' return to said ear filling with the debut album from his new band Singing Adams (not to be confused with Steven's first post-TBFB project The Singing Adams). This first unveiling hints at the acclaim Adams had previously found while at the same time illustrating the limitations a new band treading water for the first time, might face.
The album opens with 'Move On', a Belle & Sebastian-esque number that plods along at a pleasant pace but doesn't offer much to seize the listener, neither inspiring nor offending. Come the second track and debut single 'I Need Your Mind', the introductory drums and guitar hint at a darker, moodier and more memorable side to Singing Adams' sound, but such shady echoes are quickly contradicted with the addition of Adams' clean-as-a-whistle vocal delivery. 'Bird on the Wing' is the band's latest single but again it flirts with being too "nice", the dreamy lyrics only boosted by some plucky lead guitar.
Some of the standout moments from the album are when their shadowy side is explored; songs filled with cruel, witty and bitter lyrics while often propelled by an injection of pacey guitars bring this album to life. Songs such as 'Spit At The Sea' and 'Injured Party' stand out from the crowd simply by having a bit of a kick to them, while 'Red Carpet', a sour message of "pissing life away" is one of the best songs on the album but is crying out for Adams to add the roar the lyrics deserve.
Singing Adams obviously have the talent and the songwriting expertise evidenced by the members who have previously represented The Broken Family Band and Wet Paint, but this album seems a little plain in places when it should be making a bigger impression. Lyrics seem often lost, songs seem too long and there is not enough variation. What Singing Adams do have in their favour though is musical pasts and the few songs that hint at a chart friendly indie sound that could see them find their place and their sound, which will undoubtedly make everyone want to be their friends.