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Lauren Adams takes listeners "Somewhere Else"

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ALBUM REVIEW: Lauren Adams – Somewhere Else (independent) 2016

Even though John Anderson’s moving ode to the Everglades and its people – “Seminole Wind” – talks about the native homeland of the Seminole Nation, listening to the lyrics: “So blow, blow Seminole wind / Blow like you’re never gonna blow again / I’m callin’ to you like a long-lost friend / But I know who you are  …” – I feel as though I am there amongst the reeds and dark water and a blue sky overhead.

Roots-rock singer-songwriter Lauren Adams really puts the listener there and I think on her latest Americana release, Somewhere Else, she achieves a great deal over the course of these 12 tracks.

And while the material here skews more towards folk ballads, Adams is able to turn things up, as evidenced on the roadhouse rocker “We Try Harder,” which also features drummer/singer Lynn Coulter (known for his work with Rita Coolidge).

I enjoyed the lightheartedness of “Henry (From Saginaw, Michigan),” the second song I’ve ever heard featuring that Michigan city in the title of a song (the other being The Monkees’ “If I Ever Get To Saginaw Again,” sung by Michael Nesmith).

And while the early tracks have a certain appeal after repeated spins, it’s the aforementioned “Seminole Wind,” along with the back-of-the-album trakcs “Bayview Drive” and “National Cheer Up the Lonely Day” that showcase Lauren Adams at her best. 

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