11 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From his tenure with Magazine and The Bad Seeds to his solo work, Barry Adamson has enjoyed exploring the twisted fringes of desire while keeping his music engaging and accessible. I Will Set You Free is no exception—its tunes explore lust, corruption, and spirituality with a feel for brazen hooks and visceral rhythms. Adamson’s leering croon wraps around insinuating numbers like “Turnaround,” “Get Your Mind Right," and “Looking to Love Somebody” with a cool nonchalance. He moves with a kinky swagger through “The Power of Suggestion” and takes on a Burt Bacharach–like sophistication for “If You Love Her,” hinting at dangerous excesses beneath his suave persona. Adamson’s supple, deep-toned bass lines and bold production ideas define the album musically. Film noir soundscapes (“The Trigger City Blues”), buoyant rockers (“The Sun and the Sea”), and yearning ballads (“Stand In”) show the sweep of his vision. Overall, I Will Set You Free tempers its pop ambitions with a certain subversive edge, suggesting that Adamson hasn’t left his early punkish instincts behind.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From his tenure with Magazine and The Bad Seeds to his solo work, Barry Adamson has enjoyed exploring the twisted fringes of desire while keeping his music engaging and accessible. I Will Set You Free is no exception—its tunes explore lust, corruption, and spirituality with a feel for brazen hooks and visceral rhythms. Adamson’s leering croon wraps around insinuating numbers like “Turnaround,” “Get Your Mind Right," and “Looking to Love Somebody” with a cool nonchalance. He moves with a kinky swagger through “The Power of Suggestion” and takes on a Burt Bacharach–like sophistication for “If You Love Her,” hinting at dangerous excesses beneath his suave persona. Adamson’s supple, deep-toned bass lines and bold production ideas define the album musically. Film noir soundscapes (“The Trigger City Blues”), buoyant rockers (“The Sun and the Sea”), and yearning ballads (“Stand In”) show the sweep of his vision. Overall, I Will Set You Free tempers its pop ambitions with a certain subversive edge, suggesting that Adamson hasn’t left his early punkish instincts behind.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
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5 Ratings

MrVertigo13 ,

Always

I always had a great respect and admiration for Barry Adamson's work. His oeuvre, if you will has been hit and miss but when he hits, he hits it brilliantly and on this album he nailed it once again. I'm already a big fan of his earlier works particularly of "Soul Murder," "Moss Side Story" and the mischievous "The Negro Inside Me," borrowing from Jim Thompson's "The Killer Inside Me." Adamson, loves the gritty urban stories of sex, crime, mayhem and the hilarity of tragedy w/a dose of corrupted comedies that we set in our lives. Oh, should I add his son's can be mirthful and sexy? Here he strikes all those chords and the some. He feels and sounds inspired and as usual all the songs work by themselves and as a cohesive whole. Kudos to Adamson and may he keep producing great music to contemplate the city as it moves day-today and into the night that holds mysteries we never expected.

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