ALBUM REVIEW: Steven Adams & The French Drops – Virtue Signals | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 04.05.18





Since the Broken Family Band, Steven Adams has eschewed the bitterness and sarcasm that made those songs so pointed: now his disdain and disappointment (at Brexiteers, little Englanders, the often frustrating minutiae of everyday life) is expressed gently, humanely, obliquely.

So it is with his debut album with his new band: his melodies are as strong as ever, sounding typically Adams (the trademark repetition of the key lyric on Desire Lines is as affecting as anything he’s done) but with small shifts in style (hints of a motorik chug on Ex-Future and Free Will, decidedly glam guitar on Last Century’s Man). I’ve long believed that Steven Adams is the best English songwriter working today, and Virtue Signals is further proof of that.


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