Madeline’s ‘B Sides’ Album Review
Georgia native, folk pop singer, Madeline recently released B Sides, a collection of demos and rarities from her previous four albums. Madeline Adams has been singing and recording music since she was fifteen with her first album, Kissing & Dancing released in 2002 with modest success. Madeline is a talented chanteuse who produces likeable simple ballads reminiscent of old timer folk artists with whimsical flair. B Sides is another lovely collection of understated, pretty songs from Madeline.
“What Little Girls Do,” “Shame,” and “Beautiful Future” are all nostalgic ballads featuring Madeline’s beautiful voice backed by bare acoustic guitar strums. “Shame” is a gorgeous track filled with mournful lyrics as Madeline sings poignantly, “Well I pray to god you miss me, and I hate my every bone, either this town’s gotten smaller or I swear to god that you’ve grown.”
In contrast “Trampoline Tuesdays,” “You Turn Me On,” and “Neon” showcase Madeline’s punk like rock edge. “Diving Boards,” and “Sunshine and Beaches” are whimsical pop-like tunes that remind listeners of warm summer days and fun. “Simon” is a fun song with Madeline echoing fun lyrics like “oh, oh kitchen floor.” “30 days” is an almost country song featuring melancholic lyrics lyrics such as, “Lord knows waking is the saddest thing of all.” Finally “Raining in the Philippines,” is the first single released off the album featuring beautifully plucked guitar that almost upstages Madeline’s vocals.
B Sides is a good album to have in one’s collection. Madeline gives twelve easily listenable songs. This record is full of versatile songs that could be played in any occasion. Although some of her punk rock songs may not be for everyone, her general voice and sound are just likeable. This album isn’t anything amazing but it’s affable music for everyday listening.