Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Adem - Love and Other Planets

Love and Other Planets
(2006, Domino)

Love and Other Planets is the sophomore solo release of Fridge band member, Adem. On this album Adem takes the generally somber beauty of Homesongs and expands them into some more optimistic territory. The songs maintain the intimate delicacy that made Adem’s debut so entrancing and add many subtle instrumental embellishments. With hand claps, percussive vocals and odd clicks and bells, Adem creates something unique among most acoustic guitar based folk: strong songs with plenty of ear candy to keep you occupied. British by origin, Adem’s voice hints at his motherland but never pushes into novelty or annoyance for those not under British rule. One of the most enjoyable parts of Adem’s brand of introspective folk is that he is believable. His sincerity is paramount, there is no pretence here. Top ten of 2006.

-Mr. Thistle

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