Upon first listen to Berklee College of Music graduate (and a West Bridgewater, MA native) Adam Hofmann's debut release, it is obvious from the outset that this cat is diverse in his influences; rock, funk, blues, jazz, soul, you'll find it all packed within these eight original, emotionally-charged songs.
Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City, Hofmann and his Revival band - Billy Thompson on guitar and bass and Kevin Fortunato on drums - brew up a churning, groove-laden mix of all these various aforementioned vibes and influences, however with a very purposeful approach that digs deeper than simply the influences, but also cultivating them into the ultimate direction of these songs.
The opening "I'm OK" reveals the piano chops from the get-go with a rough-edged, Hornsby-meets-Gregg Allmann feel that cuts right to the chase and let's you know where these proceedings are headed.
The follow up "Tongue Tied" is a bluesy little romp full of soulful vocals and pounding piano fills running over the top of some deep and impeccable bass lines.
"Anxiety" creates a playful drone and a sing-a-long chorus, while the off-beat "Shine" and smooth "Yellow Skies", complete with a sweet closing piano flourish, evokes a jazzy side to the band and interesting change of pace.
"Then Who Am I" soars with the conviction of a Townshend-soaked Who ballad, while the closing "Sing Songs" is a beautiful Hofmann piano ballad creating a moving melody for which to deliver a truly soulful vocal.. with the climax evoking a calmness of completion that leaves one feeling the same.
Visit Adam Hofmann at adamhofmannrevival.com