Music Review: Son of Adam: Waiting for the Radio

Dawn Xiana Moon, originally published on Crescent Blues

The next time you’re looking for fresh music, pick up Detroit-based alternative rock band Son of Adam’s sophomore release - it’ll leave you wondering why you haven’t heard of these guys before. Waiting for the Radio showcases the band’s new sound, a mature, radio-friendly mix that takes more inspiration from Jimmy Eat World (perhaps a little too much Jimmy, actually - the end of the eight-minute “It’s Over” is a dead ringer for the last track on J.E.W.’s Clarity album) than the Counting Crows (a major influence on their last release). The energetic pop/rock blend is garnering notice; a single recently appeared on an episode of WB’s Smallville. Extra props to the guys, because with some help they produced, mixed, and engineered the album themselves, in addition to doing photography for the booklet and designing their website. Welcome to the life of an independent musician at its best.

Each track on the CD is a snapshot of life and love. “Everyone” encourages a friend that hope still exists even in hard times, and “Crush” captures the beginning of a reluctant infatuation. Probably the most intriguing ideas present themselves in “Ashley”, who jokingly asks the singer to marry her, a joke that turns serious after three years: “And all of this time/ I haven’t found anyone like you at all/ and I can’t believe/ that I am thinking/ that I might be waiting for you.”

Throughout the album, vibrant lyrical imagery finds support in melodic guitar work and fun riffs reminiscent of emo bands like the Get-Up Kids. Son of Adam has developed a definite style; the album possesses some cohesion but each track finds its own distinctiveness. My major critique, however, is that frontman Chad Terrill’s husky, rasping vocals sometimes seem out of place with the band’s smooth musicality. But the originality lacking on the radio finds a home here, one that is much appreciated.

With their skills and determination, these boys next door are definitely going places. Here’s proof that the Detroit rock scene lives.

3.5 crescent moons

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