album review::Adam Franklin:Bolts of Melody

Adam Franklin, former frontman of nineties’ greats Swervedriver released Bolts of Melody earlier in the summer on Hi-Speed Soul. Although the noise is turned down, it still makes subtle appearances throughout the album. Fans will find a familiar Franklin guitar tone accompanying tunes which feel like a sedate and stripped down natural successor to the Swervedriver releases. Franklin’s voice is still as rich and smooth as ever and shows up nicely on the folky “Song of Solomon” which is closer to his work with Toshack Highway. In contrast, the full sound of the band on “Shining Somwhere” bears a close resemblance to his Swervedriver period. On “Birdsong” we get two treatments – an introspective echo folk version, and the more outgoing groovy guitar riff full band version. Overall, if you appreciate the atmosphere of his earlier work you will find some comfort here in Bolts of Melody.

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