Adam Sweet – Sink or Swim

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Confident strokes are taken for Adam Sweet’s second full length album release, in which the young Exeter-based blues guitarist delivers a dozen strong self-penned tracks, written for the most part in collaboration with songwriter Steve Black.  Equally at home with early evening rock openers “You or Me”,  late night blues smoochers “Miss You So” and Sunday morning shower crooners “Like it or Not”, Sweet gets to the root of a song with ease.  There’s even room for an Allman Brothers inspired instrumental midway through “”Devils Lake”, which could be worth investigating further.  Some of the credit should go to the musicians he surrounds himself with, in this case Josiah J Manning on keys, who also co-produced the album alongside Sweet, Ian Briggs on harmonica and the tight rhythm section of Ian Jennings and Garry Kroll on bass and drums respectively.  Additional sprinkling of joy comes courtesy of Alex Hart and Joanna Cooke who provide backing vocals.  Having first picked up the guitar at the age of seven, then being mightily impressed by seeing The Hamsters at a Lyme Regis theatre, the seed was sown and today we’re seeing the fruits of this West Country boy’s labours.

Choice Track: Like it or Not (NSV 511)