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Mr. S. Collingswood "Stewart" (Edinburgh)

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All Things Real
All Things Real
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully affecting, 12 April 2006
This review is from: All Things Real (Audio CD)
There isn't a bad song on this cd, and even the ones I don't find an affinity to are wonderfully affecting in some way. There are only ten of them on this disc, but I'd rather have ten near-perfect songs on an album than 18 or 19 tracks of varying quality with a few gems and a ton of garbage. Almost all of them are concerned with love -- its loss, its lack, its presence, what have you -- and all of them are put together with a tremendous sense of purpose. Steve Adey knows he is making great songs that are designed to outlast the vast majority of music out there, and he puts that careful certainty into every phrase, every gesture. Adey sings with enormous control and clarity, and he knows exactly what effects he wants to wring out of his words -- he pauses, inflects, and breathes as he must. Move anything around and the whole song would collapse.

Most of the best records are recorded with the sparest instrumentation, and despite having a wealth of studio technology, he opts for a spacious, crystalline, stripped-down sound with only the most basic ornamentation -- a little Nord-like bass on "Find The Way," the drunken drums of "Lost Boat song" (my favourite track), but never so much that it becomes distracting. The emotions are at the fore here.

I found myself remembering the music vividly and sharply during key moments, like when driving home during a misty and slightly rain-swept night -- moments that the album itself summoned effortlessly.

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