A new LP release from Chris Adkins brings out a refreshing and classic songwriting style that comes through with a subtly lush soundscape with an acoustic guitar backbone and impactful lyrics that tell stories you can at times, picture vividly in your own head.
The Fox in the Hen House album is very depictive of Chris's actual personality, and you get a strong sense of how he is or what he is like as a person through his music which is something you don't often get to grasp.
Most aspects of this release are delivered with a certain gracefulness that you can tell comes from a passion for what he does.
The guitar work across the record is excellent and you get the sense of some real folk influence, and the vocals are dynamically laid out with such stupendous range that you get these sorts of classic hooks throughout the record.
There's something about the character of this album that sticks with you long after it's ended and although there are songs that stick out as singles, listening to the full album is really the way to go here.
It feels kind of like a concept record of sorts where you're hearing stories of the artist's life and how they interconnect in different ways so it's definitely something you want to soak in completely if you have that kind of time of course.
This was a beautifully woven record from beginning to end and it speaks a lot for showcasing a youth and songwriters that are doing things from the heart and taking the things that mean something to them to create that art.
There are definitely a few surprises around some of the corners of this record and that's one of my favorite things about it but most of all you just get that one-on-one and personal feel from this whole thing and that is a big part of why this is so worth listening to.
Pop on some headphones and give yourself some time to listen to this record and you definitely won't regret it.