9 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

We Live On Cliffs is the first solo release by Adam Haworth Stephens, the singer/songwriter and guitarist who is also half of the folk rock duo Two Gallants. Fans of that energetic San Francisco band will likely appreciate these nine smartly crafted songs. The album is certainly smoother and more pop-oriented than Two Gallants’ work, yet played with the same verve and special attention to lyrics that makes that band noteworthy. Featuring moody, alluring arrangements and numerous subtle instrumental touches including keyboards, strings, and fine guitar work, the songs veer easily from sunny pop (“Praises In Your Name,” “Second Mind,” “Angelina”) to melancholy acoustic ballads (“With Vengeance Come,” “Everyday I Fall”). The most impressive songs, such as “Heights of Diamond,” “The Cities That You’ve Burned,” and “Southern Lights,” build and release, beautifully carried along by Stephens’ dramatic vocals and keen ear for melody. By exploring the fringes of his work with Two Gallants, Stephens has succeeded in fleshing out his own sound and creating a solid work of modern Americana.

EDITORS’ NOTES

We Live On Cliffs is the first solo release by Adam Haworth Stephens, the singer/songwriter and guitarist who is also half of the folk rock duo Two Gallants. Fans of that energetic San Francisco band will likely appreciate these nine smartly crafted songs. The album is certainly smoother and more pop-oriented than Two Gallants’ work, yet played with the same verve and special attention to lyrics that makes that band noteworthy. Featuring moody, alluring arrangements and numerous subtle instrumental touches including keyboards, strings, and fine guitar work, the songs veer easily from sunny pop (“Praises In Your Name,” “Second Mind,” “Angelina”) to melancholy acoustic ballads (“With Vengeance Come,” “Everyday I Fall”). The most impressive songs, such as “Heights of Diamond,” “The Cities That You’ve Burned,” and “Southern Lights,” build and release, beautifully carried along by Stephens’ dramatic vocals and keen ear for melody. By exploring the fringes of his work with Two Gallants, Stephens has succeeded in fleshing out his own sound and creating a solid work of modern Americana.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

TravisAK ,

Brilliant

It's a testament to the ignorance of the average American listener that Adam and the Two Gallants are not WAY more popular. (Thanks american idol) This, along with everything the Two Gallants have done is brilliant, elegant Americana at it it's best.

tmullsf ,

Different but great

This album is very different from those of Two Gallants, as it isnt as folksy and has no harmonica. However, it still has Adam's wonderful lyrics and goosebump-inducing moody vibes that are really what sets his music apart in the first place. My favorite song is easily Heights of Diamonds. Other favorites are Praises in Your Name, Second Mind, and The Cities That You've Burned, in no particular order. I like this album more the more I listen to it; which is exactly how I felt about all of his stuff in Two Gallants.

Merc2007ury ,

Awesome

I heard him on NPR and came straight home to find the album. If you like Folk/Indie/Americana sounding music, this is a winner. Sounds very similar/same to Two Gallants, but each is amazing.

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