No matter the form, when it comes to art, there are a number of different tacks to take, one of which requires its artist to stand a bit more still in order to continually refine the capturing of their vision. Singer and songwriter Peter Bradley Adams falls into the category of perfectionists chasing their own perfection. With A Face Like Mine, releasing April 21, he may well have caught it. American Songwriter premiered the latest single, “Lorraine,” today, mentioning the somber track is "a gentle meditation on atoning for romantic mistakes."
With his sixth studio release, the self-produced A Face Like Mine, Adams has created his own brand of Americana, nestling his often delicate, always heartfelt voice in the warm embrace of gentle guitar, tasteful dobro, subtle banjo, supportive bass and unhurried percussion. The result is a sonic scape that wraps itself around the listener like a soft blanket on a cold day. With A Face Like Mine, Adams further refines the simple musical sophistication that has become his trademark.
Adams is known for his storytelling, using specific details like “laughing eyes with a touch of grey” and walking “a mile across the kitchen floor” to set various scenes; even so, throughout A Face Like Mine, he leaves room for the listener to crawl inside his stories and make them their own. He tells tales of love and loss, homes and hearts. The territory he mines is a deliberate mix of fact and fantasy.
That said, regardless of the details meant to set a scene inside one of Adams’ stories, there is always a philosophical bent under the surface, grounding Adams' songs even as they stretch outward. By his own admission, Adams is a seeker who spends considerable time wrestling with matters of faith, though he's the first to admit he doesn't have any real answers. He admits as he gets older there is a constant tug toward matters of faith and as he gets older, the more present it becomes. That seeker's heart is the tie that so often binds these songs together. Whether the search for place and purpose is of a spiritual or geographical nature, few writers capture the journey as thoughtfully as Adams.
A Face Like Mine's songs were composed all over the world, from Alabama to India, and the topics they dig into are disparate as the desperation of addiction on “Lorraine,” the grappling of self-image on “Who Else Could I Be,” the vitriol of politics on “We Are” and the genetics of suffering on “A Face Like Mine.”
As a work of musical art, A Face Like Mine fulfills the promise of Peter Bradley Adams. And rarely has an artist's standing still sounded so divine.
April 5 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
April 6 - Berlin, NJ - The Vault at Victor Records
April 7 - Plymouth, MA - The Spire Center for Performing Arts
April 8 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
April 9 - Kennett Square, MA - The Kennett Flash
April 22 - Indianapolis, IN - Indianapolis Art Center