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EP REVIEW: Adam Rader - What Dreams Become (2 Song EP Sampler)

By: Cyrus Rhodes

 

"Rader is an artist worthy of attention, spotlight & praise"

- INDIE MUSIC DIGEST -

 

 

 

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Artist: Adam Rader

EP: What Dreams Become (2 Song Sampler)

Label: Independent Artist

Website: www.adamrader.com

Genre: Pop, Rock

Sounds Like: John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Rob Thomas

Technical Grade: 10/10

Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 10/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Song: Any way I Can  

Weakness: Only 2 songs, one of which is a cover

 

CD REVIEW:

 

Los Angeles based singer/songwriter Adam Rader gives us a sneak peak of his upcoming 2011 release entitled What Dreams Become via this 2 song EP sampler. Rader has had his music featured in various TV productions thus far. Influences include the likes of Jeff Buckley, Dave Matthews Band, Ray Lamongtagne, & John Mayer. 

 

The EP gently takes flight with “Any way I Can” a smooth flowing intro piece that serves up-beat rock groove against melodic vocals, inviting melody & passionate vocal delivery from Rader. This first piece is quite exhilarating as it flows & ebbs its way through to emotional fruition. Track 2 “In the Ghetto” a rendition of the classic Elvis song, gently lifts off with its pulsating low end rock groove methodically evolving into a nicely done remake. As the EP unfolds Rader’s vocal abilities are quite appealing & infectious. His vocal style works extremely well within the confines of this 2 song catalogue as it goes down smooth & fills the space peacefully & unobtrusively. I might add Rader takes many impressive vocal risks throughout this EP indicating a strong & confident vocal ability. I suspect some of his vocal influences are – Jason Mraz, Daren Hayes (SavageGarden) Justin Timberlake & Rob Thomas. Both songs are extremely well crafted, consistent across the board. This EP from Adam Rader delivers 2 solid tracks all providing thought provoking wisdom with messages that are uplifting, passionate & positive in nature. The music of Adam Rader has everything you would expect from a world class pop-rock performer.

 

I typically don’t give a 10 star ratings to EP’s. If I could break the rules I surely would do it with this EP - if there were say  3 or 4 more songs on it.  With just 2 songs - one of which being a cover (rolling my eyes) this EP feels like an incomplete statement - which it most certainly is.  For the record my 7 star rating is hanging on by a thread. Really - only 1 original song? You got to show me more than that.

 

From start to finish this 2 song sampler from Adam Rader is an impressive collection of music. The music is highly passionate, uplifting, & extremely professional. The songwriting – world class, all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. Rader is clearly a master at showcasing vocal emotion via his music thus making the critical (Singer to listener) connection. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really weak moment on this EP. It would be wise to keep an eye on Adam Rader – as he is clearly an artist worthy of spotlight, attention, & praise.

 

Cyrus Rhodes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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