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Reviews: Jakob Adler ~ Between The Heat And Bitter Frost
Posted on Sunday, May 03, 2009 @ 11:34:34 UTC
Topic: Reviews

Artist: Jakob Adler

CD: Between The Heat And Bitter Frost

Home: Portland, Oregon

Style: Garage Rock

Quote: "Wonderfully quirky songwriting, an unusual sense of melody, a great 'dirty' guitar style that isnít exactly garage, and a sense of sitting on the edge of something big."

By Wildy Haskell

Jakob Adlerís Between The Heat And Bitter Frost has a number of things to like about it. Wonderfully quirky songwriting, an unusual sense of melody, a great "dirty" guitar style that isnít exactly garage, and a sense of sitting on the edge of something big.

Preoccupation is the main theme; a wonderfully dark and self-possessed musical construction that is an aural simile for its own title. A close second is the title track, which starts as a subdued rocker and builds to an early Police-style Punk climax before returning to the brooding quiet where it started. Adler even shows off his deft guitar skills on the acoustic instrumental "Transient." Other highlights include "Halloween Photo," "Itís Buried" and "My My."

I donít know if itís Adlerís vocal style or if its an intended method of purveyance, but the songs do come across as a tad whiny. Not so much in what they say lyrically, but in tone. Iíve gone back and listened several times and I keep coming back to the same thing. Itís a shame, because there are several songs here I really enjoyed.

Whether Adler impacts many other listeners in this fashion will go a long way toward telling what sort of career heíll have. From what passes for popular these days, it shouldnít be an impediment either way. And he is a pretty darn good songwriter, so give him a listen. Between The Heat And Bitter Frost is definitely worth the effort.

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