Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Album Review: 'Party Adjacent' by Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room

Title: Party Adjacent (Asian Man Records, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk)
Artist: Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room (Official, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia)

Dan Andriano's sophomore solo release Party Adjacent is a deeply personal yet poignantly relatable record. Andriano's signature smooth croon is in full effect, bringing a sweet hopefulness to the sometimes sad and depressing lyrics. At its core, Party Adjacent is a record that deals with what happens to a misfit as he reaches middle age. The journey is often a sad, dark, and lonely one and Andriano captures the stress, uncertainty, and joy of this life quest beautifully. The album opens with the sparse and moving ballad turned anthem “Pretty Teeth,” perfectly setting the stage for what is to come—a record filled with ballads, anthems, and pop gems that blur the lines between punk, indie rock, and power pop. Andriano may be best known for his work in Alkaline Trio, but Party Adjacent may very well be his magnum opus.   

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