Review of Adam West "13 de luxe" CD in The Washington Post - May 7,1999
Adam West "13 de luxe" (Fandango)
Heavy rock has fallen from favor in recent years, but Adam West clearly didn't concoct its latest release, "13 de luxe," with the help of a marketing consultant. The D.C. quartet handles these 13 songs--well, 12 of them--with a bluesy swagger that's unapologetically retro. The only moments that verge on trendiness come on tracks like ".357," when the band's Aerosmithian shuffle shows the influence of such rap-rock units as Rage Against the Machine.
As titles like "Doomsday," "Done Me Wrong," and "Bounty Hunter" indicate, the band prefers the hard-boiled approach. "I live with the snakes and the lizards," announces frontman Jake Starr in "Charm," which is a typical sentiment from this local lizard king. There aren't actually that many reptiles to be found in the north Dupont Circle area that's home to the group's label and (according to the album's liner notes) Starr's favorite bar. Still, Adam West is more persuasive when aping Bo Diddley than when venturing into electronica: The closing "13" is a 13-minute space-blues vamp that might well bewilder fans of both Aphex Twin and Led Zeppelin.
By Mark Jenkins, Washington Post Weekend, May 7, 1999, page 18.
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