Dan Adams: This Love Will Undo Us All
By Nick Batt
Concept albums are pretty few and far between these days. Generally based on what seemed a good idea at the time they were often pretty dire. This one is actually very good. The idea of taking some of Shakespeare's writings and composing songs around them is quite unique but to do it so successfully is unnatural. Gareth Watkins suggested the idea to Dan Adams in 2002 who, together with Sebastian Morgan-Lynch (cello) and Douglas Voon (percussion), has produced a superb album whose style is best described as "male Enya meets Clannad" but without the annoying chanting. Adams has a great voice, which is beautifully captured and is equally at home with his acoustic guitar. The whole album has a timeless translucent ethereal quality about it. While there are no toe tappers here the changes throughout some of the pieces (track 8 - No Longer Mourn for Me being a great example) keep the whole thing interesting without being gimmicky. Give it a listen or check out more details at www.thislove.co.nz.