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This review is from: Stranger on the Sofa (Audio CD)
A satisfying listen after 2002's patchy 'King of Nothing Hill', Adamson's latest touches on all his characteristic themes which probably makes it a good choice for first-timers. He continues to move from the more instrumental early work - the majority of 'Stranger On The Sofa's tracks feature lyrics, and most are sung by Adamson himself. So it's good to see that he's become more comfortable with his singing voice - both 'Theresa Green' and 'The Long Way Back Again', as well as being gorgeous pop songs, feature some of his best vocal performances yet.
Production and arrangements throughout are top-notch, and it's hard not to love an album which follows Anna Chancellor's eerie 'Here In the Hole' with the lovely 'Long Way Back Again'. It's a trick Adamson's used before, lurching from sinister to uplifting without pause for breath - 'You Sold Your Dreams' even manages to be both at the same time.
His sense of humour hasn't gone astray either - especially on the buzzing, swirling 'My Friend The Fly', while on the instrumental side, 'Dissemble' is the standout, a great, propulsive spy/chase scene theme... another of Adamson's trademarks