Album Review: Adam Hood – Different Groove

Brody Vercher | May 6th, 2007

Adam Hood - Different Groove The first time I crossed paths with Adam Hood’s music was a few months ago at the Gruene With Envy Awards. He was sharing an acoustic set with Brandon Rhyder and Wade Bowen. After watching him perform I noted:

“Adam Hood wasn’t as vocally gifted as the other two guys, but more than made up for it with his guitar, he really knows how to bend the strings to his advantage. He was entertaining, had enjoyable lyrics, and is well worth checking out again. He appeared to have more of a traditional/troubadour style (something I like) than most of the other artists.”

Shortly after that performance I began to hunt down some of his music. I listened to his 6th Street EP and being a big fan of acoustic albums I was enamored with his sound. Fast forward a couple of months to SXSW. I caught another short acoustic set by Hood at Waterloo Ice House after which I commented “I’m becoming more and more impressed with his performances and talent each time I hear him.” I recalled him mentioning an upcoming album release, but didn’t think anymore of it until I received an email from Little Dog Records informing me of the street date.

Different Groove sees Hood’s progression from mainly acoustics to a full band sound. The first single, and opening track to the album “22 Days Too Long” is an upbeat, country-rocker laced with guitar solos and twangy Alabama vocals about Hood missing his daughter even before he hit the road. It’s the first of a few songs that are autobiographical in nature. He then eases into a slower, more soulful number with “Shelly.” Backed by the organ, Hood puts his vocals on full display. The biggest joy in each of these songs is the pictures that Hood so eloquently paints through his songwriting.

The romanticism of a traveling musician/troubadour is downplayed in Hood’s “Cars, Trucks, and Me.” People marvel at all the places he has been, commenting on how cool it must be, but he himself has “know way of knowing / blowing into town and back out again.” To the traveler all the “interstates look the same / from California to Tennessee.” The sound possesses another soulful appeal to it that reminds the listener that the life of a musician isn’t always as grand as people make it out to be. There’s still a lot of hard work and boring, repetitive chores that have to be done behind the scenes of what the public eye sees.

I don’t really understand a whole lot of what’s going on lyrically with “Buzzes Like Neon,” but that doesn’t keep the song from being enjoyable with the addictive beat and attention-grabbing chorus – “it buzzes like neon / and it makes me feel fine / and the way she leads me on / it’s a real good sign” – it dares you not to sing along.

On “Different Groove” Hood finds himself sitting on the front porch wasting his day, playing the same chords over and over in search of what he calls a different groove, a “style that makes me smile.” As all the previous songs on the album reflect, Adam has found his different groove and with the help of Pete Anderson he has masterfully translated his live acoustic sets to a wonderfully produced album backed by a full band. The majority of the songs appear to be reflective of the tour life that Adam Hood is living, from missing his daughter on the opening “22 Days Too Long,” to the reminiscing of that first show on “Never Comes Easy” and self-admission of the monotonous road on “Cars, Trucks, and Me.” There’s not a single song that I would skip.

Believe the hype, Adam Hood is a euphoric high for those suffering from a musically saturated landscape of Tweedledees and Tweedledums.

4.5 Stars

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  1. Redheadedstranger
    May 15, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    I found Adam Hood by accident a little over a year ago. Three of the songs from his “6th Street” album were pre-loaded into my new laptop. I soon found myself singing along with “Play Something We Know.” Put me in mind of a David Allen Coe song I haven’t heard in a while: Longhaired Redneck. I will have to check out this new album. He’s definitely not another “Tweedledee or Tweedledum.” LOL!

  2. Chip
    May 17, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    I agree. This is a very good album. I call him a “tour Guide of the South” His influences from Texas through Cajun Country to Nashville really show on this album.
    See my review.
    http://amberwavesoftwang.blogspot.com/2007/05/opelila-al-native-adam-hoods-new-album.html
    I’ve added you to my blogroll and link listing

  3. Chip
    May 23, 2007 at 9:19 am

    BTW thanks for your feed back on my blog. I appreciate it. I’m new to blogging so I hope to be improving all the time.

  4. Brody Vercher
    May 23, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    No problem, Chip. It takes a lot of work and time before people start recognizing your efforts, but you’re doing a pretty impressive job so far. Good luck.

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