TCU Daily Skiff Friday, February 06, 2004
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Adam Hood
New Release: 6th Street: Paved In Gratitude

By Jessica Fleming

The Adam Hood release, “6th Street,” is a surprisingly palatable blend of pseudo-poppy refrains and folk guitar, well mixed into an arrangement one would expect from central Texas. The lyrics of many songs seem to fix upon the same general concept of gratuity for simple everyday occurrences, a refreshing message in that it differs so greatly from the popular status quo — the teenage crazes of lyrics obsessed with sex and/or complete nonsense. Hood’s release is a step away from such trends and into a suitable air of southern hospitality, a step which I for one am grateful for. His message seems to be along the lines of “see the world for what it is and what it gives to you,” not just the inadequacies and problems all must face from time to time.

“Coffee Song” is easily my favorite song on the album, because it is not only a modern love song with a realistic conclusion, but it also serves to illustrate a good point: the importance that the words “thank you” can hold. The song itself tells the story of two lonely people who build a relationship over little more than a polite encounter at the end of a hard day. Though the circumstances seem simplistic, and this, like many other songs on the album, is a love song, there are many things about this track that make it more than your average ballad. It explains the back story of each of the characters, and does this in third person, a lyrical technique seen less and less in modern times. The refrain is catchy and pleasant, as is the music, and the whole package comes across very well.

Another good song on this album, worth listening to at least once, is “Tuesday Night.” This is another love song, but a bit different. Like “Coffee Song,” it stresses uncommon gratitude and some of the problems of a modern relationship, but this track also displays the joy of having “someone like you I can come on to.” The country roots show a bit more, but a softer pop-rock development is also apparent. The tempo is a bit slower, and the tone is more melancholy, but the song “Million Miles Away” is a very sweet, sad explanation of one side of a failed romance, stemming from physical and emotional distance. The track is soft spoken, a direct opposite of “Play Somethin We Know,” an atmospheric tribute to some old stars of country, folk and classic rock, which is by far the song that resembles the twang of country music the most.

The disc in total seems to be somewhere between the country and pop-rock genres, though the music can and should speak for itself. By the name and appearance, this is not a CD I would have picked up, and I would have been at a loss for doing so. The songs are, if nothing else, an interesting and worthy alternative to the mainstream musical flow. The lyrics have some soul and meaning, all of which somehow lead down to the simple idea of how nice it is to hear the words “Thank you.”
Special to the Skiff
Adam Hood, a southern boy at heart, recently joined Pat Green on stage in Dallas and has released his CD, “6th Street.” Buy it at www.squareparkent.com
 
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