Australian singer/songwriter Garth Adam returns with “Say You’ll Come With Me” – another warm, vulnerable, and seriously catchy tune holding the line at honest, exceptional songcraft.
Does “Say You’ll Come With Me” display the same level of quality and honesty found on his previous release, “Tell Me One Thing?” I’m going to say, “Yes, and then some.” Here’s why:
“Say You’ll Come With Me” begins with soft piano and subtle acoustic guitar that braves more solid chords when the vocals kick in.
And that voice? It’s exactly how I remember it – soft and conversational; something very true and absolutely not overdramatized. There’s a bit of that “radio effect” as well. Perhaps it’s a blend of speaker distortion and a splash of autotune. Regardless, it’s calm but sure, and I really like it.
And when we reach the chorus? The lyric,“say you’ll come with me,” is answered quietly by backup singers. And with a second verse comes a little more strength; the chorus returns with more pronounced backing vocals.
We hit a nice, brief and expressive piano – a bridge or solo of sorts — before coming back to the chorus with energy increased subtly by half a degree. This song doesn’t suddenly explode, or feature a chorus of dozens, or add electric guitars or any other number of layered synths. It boldens a bit, but never growls or beats its chest – its strength lies in romantic, truthful subtlety, and it effectively expresses the soft emotional weight it carries.
So, is it good?
Where are all the good, honest songs that aren’t deduced by formula or slathered with autotune and other grating artificialities? Here’s one, and I look forward to more.
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