Adam Hastings is a singer/songwriter from Phoenix, Arizona who recently released In Black & White. In Black & White has been a long time coming and is an album that mixes commercially viable songs that combine folk, Americana and rock. However he mixes these genres across the album; this music ultimately could fall into the category of pop. They contain the usual criteria for songs you may find on the FM dial.
He opens with “Wishful Thinking” which is about as much rocking out as he does. Right off the bat, the song is coated with a classic Americana feel that you have almost certainly heard before unless you have living under a rock. The music isn't far off from bands like Matchbox 20 and Goo Goo Dolls.
Hastings has done his homework when it comes to pop songs. He follows the tropes and there wasn’t anything in there that felt like a surprise. You can say the same thing about the majority of the album. Take for instance “Safe To Say” or one of the highlights entitled “Love Games.”
If you’re going to make a pop album you are going to have a couple of songs in there that shoot for that glorious, triumphant chorus such as “The Blackest Lights (Feat. Matthew Lindstrom)” and “Texas Skies (Feat. Melody Hollingshead).” Some of the songs are more subdued such as “Tonight I Said...“
Suffice it to say In Black & White is not music that resides in the fringe. There is nothing experimental, edgy or avant-garde about the music. Hastings is casting a wide net with pop songs that will appeal to a broad audience.
Luckily, this is the type of album I think most people know if they are into within the first song or two. There is a very specific vibe that I think most people will either immediately be drawn to or dismiss because they have heard it before. Do yourself a favor and make your own decision if you will become a fan. It shouldn’t take you very long to decide.
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