In my opinion some of the most talented song-writers are the ones that can say not what we are all able to say, but what we feel and are unable to express.
To write a song you must have experienced, in every aspect, the words that are performed to really make it sincere. This is not a new realization for anyone; I am sure. However, some artists really have a knack for expressing the story they are trying to tell. It all comes down to experience; you cannot write a love song if you have never been hurt, you cannot write an organic song based on fiction. No one will believe it, and further more no one will feel it.
Peter Bradley Adams touches on all aspects of phenomenal song-writing; through writing his songs Peter has a strong sense of muted passion he portrays through every word. You can feel what he has experienced and trace it through to a mutual feeling of your own. It is about listening to a song that someone else has written, and knowing that you are not alone, to know that someone else out there understands what you are trying to say. One of my favorite quotes I believe explains this best: “The good writer, the great writer, has what I have called the three S's: the power to see, to sense, and to say. That is, he is perceptive, he is feeling, and he has the power to express in language what he observes and reacts to.”
The first song I heard by Peter Bradley Adams was “The Longer I Run” the first track off of Leavetaking (2008). I was completely immersed at first listen, the entire album left nothing else to leave with, but emotions and a pursuit for more of his music.
Fortunately I did not have to wait long, as Peter’s new album Traces has shortly preceded, being released for online purchase September 29, 2009 and October 10, 2009 in stores. It is refreshingly comparable to Leavetaking, in which I am happy to report that comparison.
It seems that he has touched on the same beautiful notes that he plays throughout Leavetaking. A natural portrayal of artistry is performed through every track on Traces, making this yet another album guaranteed to be categorized as a gem.
Traces is a light taste of distraction to the stresses throughout our days. Peter’s mellow, and soft-spoken vocalization throughout every song is relaxing and purposeful. Although at times I feel with lack of pitch changes in his voice, a lot of the songs seem to carry the same vibrations, one-dimensional if you will. A beautiful voice none the less, with emotional measures being carried out midst the lyrics. But I do feel as if some more passionate changes in level during the course of the bridges would have been a great additive.