The New York Times once called Mark McAdam a “singer-songwriter” whereas the The Post refers to him as an “indie-rocker.” McAdam cancelled his subscription to the Times.
His new album, Cavalcade, is a triumph of homespun enthusiasm, chock full of infectious mood swings. It has more in common with Big Star or The Band than any of the pinup teen idols who have recently spoiled and defiled the label “singer-songwriter.”
This is the kind of record you want to tell your friends about.
Cavalcade features contributions from Rain Phoenix (Papercranes), Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson), and several members of Coney Island Swandive, including Superproducer Rod Sherwood (Dirty On Purpose, Au Revoir Simone, Pela). The video for the first single “Always Almost,” marks the directorial debut of actor Mike Myers. You can find that at youtube or at McAdam’s myspace page.
Below are some quotes about McAdam’s last record, Boy Wonder…
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. - Babysue.com
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