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|Many thanks to Catriona for the following review, which originally appeared in the first and only issue of the excellent fanzine Caught in a Sleep Riot.|
When listening to this band it is clear that they incorporate a plethora of influences and sounds.
They clearly should be a lot more successful, however, perhaps one of the reasons they have not gained the recognition they deserve is that they are so difficult to pigeonhole. The style of the vocals throughout the album, along with the music, varies - ranging from the fragile tto the shouty punkish to the gentle.
There is a distinctly American feel here. Verging on the more traditional side (not a synth in sight!), this band favour guitar orientated music - but still manage to offer originality in their approach. 'No fancy gadgets, but loads of inventiveness' they aptly state. The album itself provides a wealth of accessible goth pop.
Sleep is perhaps a perfect anthem for all those suffering from insomnia out there; 'Even when I sleep, I dream I am awake all night'! Next comes Forever - a pounding, bassy song full of distortion that possesses a catchy chorus; 'Why would you want to live forever?' screams Jaki.
The title track, Disease is probably the strongest song on the album - really catchy and bouncy, despite its dark subject manner ('I got this disease' Jaki sings somewhat cheerily).
The poppy exterior of the tracks perhaps deceive as the lyrics are troubled and sombre. Ready slows the pace down a little, Jaki stepping back and taking backing vocals, according to the band it is about 'the choice of death as the ultimate freedom' and has a very trippy ending. High comes next - a fragile song, with beautiful guitars - very atmospheric.
The next track, Falling, opens gently and unexpectantly turns into a wrathful, loud chorus ... building up and slowing down again. Timewaster, (a different version than that of the acclaimed 7") is an upbeat punky song that again has really strong vocals. Following Timewaster is Twenty One - with an excellent intro that has what sounds like frogs (!) 'singing', this is really poppy with a rough edge.
Adams family are offering a brand of music that is clearly not flavour of the month with the goth scene, but they really do deserve a lot more attention. Go on - give them a try and you won't regret it.
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