Adam Ant


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Wonderful Review

by William Ruhlmann

Adam Ant recorded his first album in five years (and second in ten years) at Abbey Road Studio No. 2, where the Beatles recorded, and a Beatles sound wore off on the songs, which sounded like Beatles music of 1966-1967, from the rhythmic cadences to the strummed acoustic guitars and backwards tape sounds. Ant was always better at image than music, whether he was mixing Native American and pirate gear or employing African-style drumming more for the look than the sound back in the Antmusic days. Since then, he hasn't had any musical compass, although he posed as a dance music frontman on 1990's Manners & Physique. Here he borrowed Madonna's photographer, Anton Corbijn, and her basic theme -- sex-as-amusement/nourishment/salvation. He succeeded in sounding horny, but that didn't make him seductive.

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