Graham Reid | | <1 min read
The prolific Adams returns with his longtime band with a collection of songs which are often downbeat and reflective, but have a quietly inspirational quality behind the pains of love and pondering The Big Questions.
On Let Us Down Easy, a gentle plea to God to be sympathetic to our weakness, he gets a little gospel feel going -- but at the other end of the spectrum Magick (the weakest cut here) peels of a bit of the old Subterranean Homesick Blues/Pump It Up/We Didn't Start the Fire chant-sing for a politically fiery rant.
But it is the more considered and optimistic songs which are the real winners: the country-framed opener Born Into Light with its easy sway and intimate tone ("be patient, the past is just a memory"); the big chested ballad Go Easy; Evergreen which reminds me of Keith Carradine's sensitive singer-songwriter schtick in Nashville; the reflective Yesterday; the piano ballad Stop right at the end which advises the hurting listener to slow down, be assured that help is at hand, that healing begins within . . .
Adams has often seemed too prolific for his own good, but this often gentle album stands among his best.