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Adam Barnes, Bad Luck. Single Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating 8.5/10

Luck or preparation, what can seem like two separate entities, can be at times the same feeling but looked upon from different views in a hall of mirrors as one and the same, they can melt and bleed into one another and be seen as fortune made good. The reverse can also be true, that practise skipped and dedication to the cause missed is the mother in the mirror of the universal Bad Luck, the ill fortune and the struggle for acceptance in the eyes of the peers and the bold, is regarded as the meeting of the mistimed and out of step.

Adam Barnes, The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

The dreaming spires that greeted Adam Barnes’ E.P. Blisters seem to bow in reverence once more as the young musician from Oxford releases his debut album The Land, The Sea & Everything Lost Beneath.  

It is obviously only an analogy, however for anyone who has spent time in the jewel of the South of England or indeed may be only acquainted with the city through watching episodes of Morse, Lewis or Endeavour will realise that apart from the architecture, the scholarly learning and the chance to sip ale in some of the finest public houses in the country, the music world rarely gets a mention  unless it is in the hushed tones of worship at the feet of long since departed composers or in the greater admiration of Radiohead. For Adam Barnes to buck that trend is nothing more than a true delight.

Adam Barnes, Blisters. Album Review.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

Oxford is known for its dreaming spires, its universities that are amongst the pinnacle of world education and thinking and one of the best cities to sit and have the occasional pint in one of its numerous and edifying public houses; what it’s not that well known for is for being a hotbed of young musical talent. Occasionally though a new musician will come through and whose voice breaks down barriers and wins fans in even the most music conscious places in the U.K., it won’t be long before Adam Barnes possibly becomes the most well-known musician to come out the city.

Adam Barnes, Gig Review. Leaf, Liverpool.

Photograph by Ian D. Hall.

Liverpool Sound and Vision Rating * * * *

There is something about the dreaming spires of Oxford that can sometimes bring out the very best and noble intentions in a musician.

For the musician that hails from Liverpool, The Mersey can be a constant source of inspiration and intrigue. The way it feeds into the local psyche is nothing short of admirable, the same can be said for the city of Oxford, its river, the Isis as it is known locally may not be as world renowned but it also carries the dreams of all those that enter the city’s safety.