ADAMSON BARRY - I WILL SET YOU FREE
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I Will Set You Free takes other detours, most notably into the territory of slightly new-wavey pop. Adamson did, after all, play a part in Visage’s ‘80s hit “Fade to Grey”, so trying his own hand at this sound is not as initially shocking as could be. “Turnaround”, in particular, is a love song with nary a trace of portentousness. Who would ever have guessed a jazz devil such as Adamson could sing lines like, “I kick the air / I can’t keep on my feet for smiling” and come across as convincing? Even more startling is “If You Love Her”, which feels just slightly removed from Burt Bacharach’s more treacly material. Mostly, however, an air of danger is hot on the trail of Adamson’s compositions. A song like “Looking To Love Somebody”, despite its sentiment and soul groove, has a fair amount of faithlessness lurking just beneath its surface.
The cleverness of Adamson’s words shine throughout the album, a potentially self-referential “My kingdom for your Magazine” in “The Sun And The Sea” being a particularly nice touch. The surface innocence of “The Power of Suggestion” is brought to a welcome halt by Adamson imparting that his friends never come calling because “they’re busy whistling Dixie and packing cocaine.”
Just as Adamson does a fair amount of lurking as a sideman, his songs are endlessly morphing to tailor to a listener’s states of mind. By letting a few slivers of sunlight in and slightly loosening his tie, Adamson has effortlessly moved his songs into a different area while still keeping proceedings going at the slickest of clips. Whatever comes next for Adamson, the “consummate professional” side of his persona will surely remain untarnished.