Take the sound of a man who drinks too much whiskey and smokes too many cigarettes. Make him sing/talk a little like Nick Cave, and give him a band that has a lounge lizard sound and feel like the soundtrack to Corpse Bride. Give them lyrics that are dark, a little morbid, and twistedly sexy. Have all the hallmarks of good gothic lyricism, like the aforementioned cigarettes, as well as sex, death, and love. Throw in murder, old men, and drugs, and you've got a perfect blend.
Adrian H's whiskey and cigarette voice is never loud, and really kind of stays in the same key through the whole album. If this were any other genre, it would not work at all. But this is goth rock, and for some reason only goths and Bob Dylan can have the same vocal delivery for an entire album. His piano work is wonderful, helping to give the music a sound and feel that would fit well in a dark gin joint with pool tables and drunk cougers looking for a fuck.
Broken Heart's drums are never hurried, never rushed, and always on time. A nice laid back feel with wonderful tones. The opening to "Cookies and Cocaine" is just captivating. I could just listen to that first ten seconds over and over.
This album is cohesive as a whole, and the songs can be listened to individually, too. There's no filler here, it's all thought out and well done. Not only is it something that can be listened to, actively engaging you with it, but this album is also perfect for a background sound too. I made supper to it last night, talking with the wife. Who, incidentally, also loved the CD. We actually both agree on all the points with this disc, and I can say for both myself and my wife, Adrian H and the Wounds' self-titled disc gets an eight out of ten. Super standout tracks for me are "Cookies and Cocaine", "Smoke", and "She Won't Leave Me Alone (The Bug Song)".
I'd recommend this disc to fans of Bauhaus, Joy Division, the Cure, and modern goths 13th Sky. I'd also recommend it to fans of Danny Elfman and Tim Burton's films.
As soon as Portlandís Adrian H. strikes the first piano key on Adrian H and the Woundsí self-titled debut, you know what youíre getting yourself into. Haunting pianos played in 3/4 time create a waltzlike sound that could very well be mistaken for the soundtrack of an old-school horror flick. Adrianís voice sounds like Tom Waits with a Transylvanian accent and his lyrics read like horror stories. As I listened, I couldnít help but think of Jason Segelís Dracula rock opera in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. The album is piano-driven, with the faint sounds of bass and drums humming morosely in the background. And itís a concept albumóthe concept being an overwhelming sense of loneliness, confusion and eeriness that would make Bram Stoker (or Jason Segel) proud. KATRINA NATTRESS.