Mark McAdam | Boy Wonder

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Boy Wonder

by Mark McAdam

Indie-rock meets tin-pan alley in this collection of beautiful, broken tunes and ingenious lyrics.
Genre: Pop: Quirky
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1. Hello I Must Be
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2. While You Wait
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3. Too Hard
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4. Magnets & Batteries
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5. Driftwood
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6. The Rouxs
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7. Skin Thick Skin
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8. I Put the Couch Outside Again
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9. Breather
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10. Downtime
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11. Allergic
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12. Sob Story No. 2
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13. Absinthe Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
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Album Notes
Mark McAdam is a songwriter and musician from the other side of the musical tracks. He lives in a roomful of second-hand instruments on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where he eats and sleeps. McAdam used to front the seminal Los Angeles junk rock band Sumack before setting out on his own with this debut, Boy Wonder, in 2003. His follow up, Cavalcade, is also available here. Coming soon: Paper Man Songs, which, you may have guessed, contains songs culled from his work on the film "Paper Man."

Songs from Boy Wonder have found their way into several films and television shows including “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Malcolm in the Middle” and others too numerous and embarrassing to mention. It includes contributions from Pete McNeal (Cake, Mike Doughty’s Band, Inara George), Dermont Mulroney (Low & Sweet Orchestra, Cranky George, (and all-around genre-straddling heartthob)), and Charles Goodan (Dust Brothers).


Beautiful, fabulous, incredible. Sweet, lightly raspy, melodic, excellent vocals, wonderfully-fit lyrics, poppy, weepy, gorgeous guitar melodies, and clever structures reign in each and every song. - Action Attack Helicopter

A low-key, hidden gem of a record. The kind of album Wilco might make if they never read their own press clippings. - All Music Guide

McAdam passes through one musical room to another, but always with the kind of relaxed skill that most musicians secretly aspire to. - Amplifier

...imaginative, crisp, smart and inventive. We have gone completely apeshit over this album. -

Boy Wonder is perceptive and lonely, alternately sparse and lavish, evocative and amusing, ... One of the most intelligent, enjoyable albums I’ve heard in a long time. -Splendid


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Great Sound
I love music that is different and not mainstream. Mark is that. He is mellow and soulful, real. What music should be. He represents a new age of artists that remind me of the greats of the 60's (joplin for instance). A different style, a sort of 21st century folk music.


Too Awesome for words~But I will try
The CD and the artist are both too awesome for words. By far my favorite song is Skin thick Skin, However I love all of the songs. It is music that you have never heard before but ought to.

Chris Valley

Ever "wonder" what it must have been like to have seen Bono or Paul McCartney prior to being discovered? After seeing Mark and hearing his music, I was left w/ that thought. This guy is the "Real Deal".


Great CD!!!!!!!!
I really enjoyed the mellow tones on this CD. It has added an eclectic flare to my otherwise monotonous CD player. My favorite songs were the Rouxs and Skin Thick Skin, but I loved them all. Thanks

Judy Lawrence

One of the Best CD's I heard in a long while!
I know I've said this to you before, but the instruments are outstanding. I love your voice and the words of the songs. I am one who loves the words of the songs they seem to remind me of times and places in my life, your songs do that for me! Thanks, Judy

Alyssa Pettingill

I do not know why it took me so long to part with the $14.....this is art. This is the kind of music that makes you simultaneously nod, smile, and say yes to yourself. Try it. It is spiritually satisfying (for lack of a better expression) to listen to someone who not only "gets it", but can convey so brilliantly and honestly...Love it!


Glad to see the voice of Sumac is back.
It is so great to see Mark McAdam out making music again. As a fan of Sumack, it was such a waste to see such a good band go. I would love to hear him with Kat again and some more inspiration from Rob. Good people, good music, keep it coming!

Scott Kelley

Mark keeps getting better.
I used to play with Mark in high school. Back then his writing was excellent as were his arrangments. Having had the opportunity to listen to his music again for the first time in years it's amazing to see how he has grown in his writing and expanded his arrangments. He always will be one of my favorite writers and I am honered to be able to say I played with him and only wish his musical ability had wider recognition. Truly he is one the industry has overlooked.

Sea Dragon

Lo-fi, laid back, worth the listen
A smooth flow is always a boon to an album, and Mark's work here is top-notch. Not quite acoustic balladry, not quite folk, it's an excellent change of pace. To me it's a cross between the Eels, Tom Waits, and maybe a dash of old Owsley. I'd like to see him do a man-and-guitar only quirky ballad, to give that interesting voice of his a little more separation.


I just love the mellow sounds of this CD. It is a great escape from the other stuff on my IPOD. Mark has a wonderful grasp on how to touch the soul, his voice is lovely, and the lyrics are fun and catchy. LOVED IT!
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