The cover art for Adams Wilson\'s sophomore album \"My Best Guess\" features a guy dressed up in a homemade spacesuit, pulling King Arthur\'s mythical sword from a stone. Weird? You bet your postmodern posterior. But it\'s an image that conveys the album\'s theme quite nicely.
Musically speaking, Adams is a guy in modern times thinking of days not so long ago, when Rock and Roll was not equated to Metal. The melodies you heard on the radio would get stuck in your head for days, and would keep you up at night. That\'s no insult to modernity, mind you... it\'s more like a daydream about how cool it would be if the Monkees were still recording.
When it comes to the lyrics, this spaceman analogy still holds up. The words on \"My Best Guess\" are the confessions of a former true believer who is now lost in space... someone who has dared to tear his life apart one verse at a time, just to see what is left standing. It\'s doubt without despair, questions without answers, and truth without filters.
If you\'re into Pop-Rock bands like the New Pornographers, and Gin Blossoms, and Alt-Country/Americana/Rock bands like Ryan Adams, Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Counting Crows, then give \"My Best Guess\" a listen. Soon enough, you\'ll want to make your own spacesuit and go looking for Excalibur.