The three tracks, including “I Do Not Feel Like Being Good”, “How Much Light”, and “In the Dark”, were recorded in a single afternoon with nothing but Adams’ Buck Owens acoustic guitar and two microphones. According to the singer-songwriter, engineer Charlie Stavish “snuck in one day and mixed these,” and Adams asked not to hear them. But now you can, using the Spotify widget below.
The lead track is a ruminative country campfire song, as Adams squeaks his fingers across the strings and taps his foot in rhythm. “Stuck with a dream in rewind/ This is where we meet in my mind, girl,” he sings on the altering chorus. “How Much Light”, meanwhile, rings out like a Heartbreaker-era strolling love song. The last number burns as heavily as you’d imagine a track named “In the Dark” to do, but there’s a layer of optimistic love underneath: “Well even bad roads lead to cherries in the South.” Listen in:
I Do Not Feel Like Being Good is available through the Pax-Am website.