Adam Again

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This is the group's magnum opus. The energy and drive here are unparalleled on any of the band's other releases. With lyrics that are introspective and well crafted, Adam Again has never sounded so good on record -- and this release comes closest to duplicating the band's live performances. The opening track, "Deep," explodes with energy, featuring a tight, catchy chorus reminiscent of the wordplay that makes Elvis Costello famous, and the bandmembers carry this energy through the whole record. Two criticisms: The "la las" on "Worldwide" are a bit annoying, and no one would be fooled into thinking that the long-sustained note on "Hopeless, Etc." could be held for that long. Drummer Jon Knox makes this record cook from beginning to end, along with the classic Valadez and Lawless team (together for the last time). "It Is What It Is (What It Is)" follows strong opener "Deep" with a killer groove that doesn't quit, and "Hidden, Hidden" complements "Deep" lyrically and rhythmically.

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