Adam Wyle

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Wyle is an indie singer/songwriter and guitarist whose edgy rock style fits him cozily into the mainstream of today's alternative pop/rockers, nothing beyond the norm but eminently listenable despite some lyrical oddities. The opening track, "Lose Yourself," is typical of his style -- intense blistering and throbbing guitar blended with sparse vocal passages and on into a catchy hook. He enjoys a mix of acoustic and electric guitars, often on the same track; on "Cindy," he begins with a simple guitar strain and vocal before the song evolves into a harder rocker. While his themes are generally the typically romantic, he's also capable of stinging commentary on "Such a Loser," whose point is driven home with increasingly emphatic drum fills and fiery guitar lines. Wyle shows a nice facility for vocal harmonies and trip-hoppy percussion on "She Knows the Way," and even delves into mystical ideas in the intro to "Hollywood Hero," another quirky social commentary. He's best in the mid-tempo ranges with more subtle guitar drama. On "Slide," the intensity of the strings and the production effects detract from the vocals. Wyle is someone to keep your eyes on.

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