Lauren Adams has A CD here that is infectious, the lyrics and sweet melodies along with some sweet slide work make you want to keep listening, a very well done recording. The opening track "Poor to Carry It" really is stoked with emotion, this slide just cuts to my heart, love the texture of her music. Produced by Nick Newell Kirgo, there are a lot of musicians from the LA scene on the disc.
"Evangeline" is a very good ballad with an edge. Lauren's vocals have a slight rasp which work well with these earthy Americana songs. This production has a quality about it that is realistic and not pro tooled. What I mean is what is there is there, Life is like that, it is real, I looked at a Blu Ray disc pic on a demo TV screen once and said to myself, this is too good to be real, it was beyond reality, Lauren has music like Alison Moorer that has an edge of reality to it. Another name that comes to mind is Kathleen Edwards, the Canadian alt/country gal.
"Smart Girl" is another outstanding song. These lyrics are about the tough realities of life, there are times that you need music that tells like it is. "Fear of Failing, Fear of Doing Too Well" , this song really is cerebral. " She was a smart girl, but she had it all wrong"
Real nice guitar with some tremolo on it.
"Everybody Else" is a song about the other people in life, some real nice harmonica and changing mid tempo rhythms. Real nice interaction with band members. Lots of influences in her music, country, folk, rock ,a lot like Lucinda Williams style. Or another gal from out that way, Lisa Okane.
"Thirsty" has a more acoustic sound, her vocals are more pure on this folksy ,alt/country song. Wow, what lyrics!!! That slide player is excellent, he plays with such emotion, such great tone and sustain. She goes up a bit in the middle of the song, (this is good). Oh, I'm just grooving, the music is so good on it's own, the instrument tones are awesome. "Can you pour yourself in, seep under my skin"
I'm not familiar with these guitar players, but they sure are beyond good. This song has a special intimacy about it.
"Secret Heart" , the title track has a bit more of a rock sound to it. . This song was written for an independent film. More background vocals on this song. The guitars take on another sound this track, lots of sustain on the fills. Nice organ parts on the song. Lauren tours in the Us and Europe promoting her music. This is a disc to check out.
Jim Moulton - Country Stars Online (Sep 10, 2008)
Shaped by life’s inconsistencies and emboldened by the brighter prospects that tomorrow seems to offer singer/song writer Lauren Adams touches both our soul and our hearts with her music. At the root is Americana, a fusion of rock, country and blues sung passionately by an artist who’s been there, done that and is ready for new challenges.
Lauren has been a vital part of the L.A. music scene, currently produces and hosts the monthly show, The Americana Music Circle, held at Kulak’s Woodshed in Los Angeles, CA and chose to release her latest album, “Secret Heart” in her hometown before it will be distributed worldwide. She chose to hold a special party in honor of the loyal fans who pre-ordered “Secret Heart” to help finance production and manufacturing costs for the CD. Adams has found the generosity and unwavering support of her fans staggering, and wants to express her heartfelt gratitude at this celebration. “Secret Heart” is already garnering much attention from the music industry.
With the stellar musicianship on the CD, it's no secret as to why. Produced by guitar veteran Nick Newell Kirgo (David Lynch, Julee Cruise, Nels Cline, A.J. Croce, Vonda Shepard), the album is a virtual who’s who of the L.A. music scene. Kirgo and Adams provide extraordinary guitar work along with the likes of David Sutton (Lucinda Williams, Tracy Chapman) laying down bass, Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band, Eddie Money, Van Morrison, Bruce Springsteen)and Lynn "skins" Coulter manning the drums, John “JT” Thomas (Bruce Hornsby) rounding things out on keyboards, and Jesse Valenzuela (Gin Blossoms) on harmonica.
“You'll find her exploring the well-worn American inland where folk, blues and gospel predominate . . . a husky voice admits to disappointment, but tough guitar strokes and bright piano convey the strength to survive.” -Sean Piccoli, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
Lauren Adams just received two honorable mentions at this year’s International Songwriting Competition for both “Thirsty” and “Secret Heart”. “Thirsty” was also recently featured in the Lion's Gate movie, Peaceful Warrior, starring Nick Nolte. The "Secret Heart" track was written exclusively for an improvised film in the works, The Canvas.
Adams is actively involved in raising money for local charitable organizations including, Children of the Night (rescues runaway teens in Hollywood) and Hep C Aware (Hepatitis C awareness group), and benefits for fellow musicians in need of health care just to name a few.CONTACT INFORMATION For more reviews, tour dates and music clips, log onto www.LaurenAdams.com www.myspace.com/LaurenAdams101
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