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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Rest, 5 Oct 2002
Mr. R. A. Wells (Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Soul Murder (Audio CD)
From the moment I heard the ragga treatment of the James Bond theme, to the eerie coldness of Checkpoint Charlie and the nod to Brian Eno with Cool Green World, I was transfixed by the amplified world of the movie soundtrack that Adamson reflects in his music.
This is an amazingly eclectic album (more varied and entertaining than Moss Side Story), that points the way to the future, more complex explorations of this greatly underrated musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Pendulum- last of the big time swingers, 22 Dec 2013
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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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint heated, 6 Dec 2010
This review is from: Soul Murder (Audio CD)
The ever shifting landscape which is the mind of Barry Adamson takes on some pretty frightening subjects for this work.One of them is concerned with a Negro burnt at the stake and described in a mock documentary style as if its a historical account being read out.Such things happenned
At the beginning Adamson's voice is heard in a 4 letter tirade in which he catalogues all the crimes he's committed.Heard out of context this would scare any one stiff it it was played in a supermarket!
However in reality Barry Adamson is a highly intelligent musician who is equally influenced by newspapers as much as movie soundtrack music as his music reflects real life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blond is Black, 4 Feb 2010
Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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Barry's exploration of race and colour is realised within this multi hued record. Disturbing in bringing the voice of race hatred to your face and ears, it is also haunting with its dreams of child beauty and innocence as a reworked 007 theme tune. The connection is race. Barry's visceral analysis of racial dynamics is far more penetrating than a thousand social science observations on the same subject.

The difference is Barry has distilled the essence. He is a true musical alchemist. He has found the missing factor X, rather than the X factor. Social science research projects have as much chance of working this form of magic as the alchemist has in transforming base metals into gold. The true alchemist converts his imagination into art based upon something inside him needing to come out. When it emerges it creates a connection. Often due to the autism of public taste this connection may take several generations of reflection before the penny drops into the ocean.

It's not any fault of Barry this album is not being played in every coffee shop up and down the country. He has assembled all of the ingredients, psychological insight, throbbing gristle experimentation, film noir, sex, jazz, ska, soul, cynicism and hope. Carefully measured according to an Adamson secret recipe they have been blended together and crafted into cocktails of perfection.

This album will stand the test of time to become the new sex on the beach.
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