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Oct 192012

Adam Web – Pendulum

By Julie Schreiber
PA Music Scene Review
Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center Reviewer
October 2012

It’s virtually out of the question while listening to Adam Web’s newest album Pendulum to not compare his style to Jason Mraz. But what makes Web’s performance gravitate toward a different direction is his ability to allow his songs to exude the friendliness that seems to come naturally to him. This album is buoyant, encouraging, urbane, light reggae-pop. Combine the vocals, songwriting style and acoustic guitar technique of Jason Mraz, add in the vibes of Jack Johnson and Donavon Frankenreiter and then sprinkle it all with positive thinking and you’ve got yourself the perfect conditions for a “Pendulum”. Web’s optimistic, introspective view is present in all eleven tracks but my favorites by far: upbeat, catchy and most like Jason Mraz -“I’m on Top of It”; groovy, romantic and guitar riff driven – “Every Time You”; and laid-back and most like Jack Johnson -“Safe Here Now”. Although the positive vibe of the album was refreshing, the need for more dimension and range vocally and at times, lyrically, made my attention digress back to the tracks that most captured my interest.

In an often disheartening, negative culture, Adam Web’s Pendulum alternates in an opposite direction, shining a little daylight and adding some helpful color in the occasional black, white and gray world of songwriting. Pendulum is available on iTunes and Amazon.

(Photo by Kim Tobin-Harrow)