Adam Franklin and Bolts of Melody - I Could Sleep For A Thousand Years 12 inch
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Although he'll be forever known as the leader of the legendary band Swervedriver, the third album by frontman Adam Franklin (and first with his long-time band Bolts of Melody) makes a convincing argument for the band's relevance on its' own accord. Franklin and his bandmates entered into Stratosphere Sound in New York and bashed out twelve gems over the fall and early winter of 2009. Nestled somewhere between the feel of Big Star and Sonic Youth, I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years is a perfect balance of sweet harmonies and breezy guitars - which was prevalent on 2009's critically acclaimed Spent Bullets - but this is by far Franklin's most accomplished work yet. All twelve tracks showcase a proper band that has found its niche and is not afraid to "let it rip" without warning, but also is comfortable to just lay back and capture the essence of the moment. This album proves that this is no longer a "solo project" for Franklin but a proper band that has discovered its own sound. With this being the first under a full band name, I Could Sleep for a Thousand Years, is a stunning debut.