I am almost loathe to write anything about Mr Adamson: his body of work is so special, so original, that I would hate to write a careless phrase that would inadvertently detract from the sheer aural pleasure of his music.
Adept at so many musical styles( sickeningly ), Soul Murder, I would describe as a kind of Sound Noir project.
If it were a movie, it would be from the 40s or 50s, star Fred MacMurray, and be directed by either Howard Hawks or John Huston.
Soul Murder is like a film soundtrack for a movie that has never been made. A movie you would want to see. A gritty window on the world of night time, where shady figures, with loose morals, and a need for cash on the hip lurk, waitng in even shadier doorways. This is an album of musical stories, mostly dark, sometimes brutal, and on occasion with a rare glimpse of redemption.
Anyone who is familiar with Mr Adamson's work, will know that he executes his music with the precision of a draughtsman. And you are never left with any doubt that it could've been done better by anyone else. He is a one off, a kind of musical Auteur, and also one of a handful of artists that I would buy unreservedly before even hearing a single note.
You know his music is always going to be something special, and it always is.
Listening to his wonderful music, is like being let in on a tasty secret, that you hope too many people won't find out about, not because he doesn't merit the much deserved applause, but because his music is so good I want to keep it to myself.
Put briefly, buy this, you won't be disappointed, I never am.