Adams Wilson has worked the New Jersey/Pennsylvania/New York Delaware regional music scene since 2007. With "Lies Worth Telling," the band aims to re-establish their artistic diversity, and their sound. The EP, produced by Robby Takac, bassist and vocalist for the Goo Goo Dolls, represents the best the band has to offer -- from the haunting pedal steel and smooth harmonies on "Everything is Golden" to the storm of guitars on "Take It Or Leave It."
The EP has already started to impact the Delaware Valley. Philadelphia's premier AAA radio station, WXPN, selected "Take It Or Leave It" as their Philly Local Pick of the Day on August 24, 2012. DJ Mark Rogers, of Delaware's WSTW, said of the EP's re-worked version of "If You Wanna Run," "this new [version] has more passion or soul to it. In some ways a throwback to some of your earlier songs, while exhibiting your growth as a musician, songwriter, [and] vocalist."
"Lies Worth Telling" brings together entirely new versions of 2 of the best Adams Wilson tracks, "If Ever" (from "Irrelevant Truth") and "If You Wanna Run" (from "Everything We Know") with brand new songs "Hold Me Down" and "Everything is Golden." The album also resurrects "Take It Or Leave It," a track that was put aside during the recording of the band's sophomore album, "My Best Guess." Frontman Adams Eberwein felt strongly about bringing the track to life, and so far the recognition the track has received confirms his intuition that the song was too good to let go.
The album brings new intensity and clarity to the band's sound, reminiscent of U2, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Elliott Smith, Queens of the Stone Age, Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Eat World, and Screaming Trees, resulting in an Americana/Rock/Pop vibe that is as catchy as it is engaging.
Adams Wilson paves new roads in familiar lands with the lyrics on "Lies Worth Telling." Every track is a Rock poem, an example of the inquisitive, and painfully honest, if somewhat cynical view of the lyricist's world.
In "Everything is Golden" the narrator clings to the broken familiar in fear of what might lie outside his comfortable boundaries. "If You Wanna Run" exists as a kissing cousin to "Golden," as it promises a lover the freedom to explore the possibilities outside, but makes no promise to be waiting when they come home again.
"Hold Me Down" reveals a narrator ready to move, calls out anyone who would stand in his way, and promises to go to extremes to cut dead weight. "Take It Or Leave It" admits that sometimes, everyone can be a jackass, and reiterates the importance of healing broken relationships before it's too late. "If Ever" is a love letter, written on the back of a dive bar napkin, and sung through a smoky haze to a lover no longer listening.
In "Lies Worth Telling," Adams Wilson has created and recreated all of the facets that make them a powerful and unique voice in the Mid-Atlantic music scene.