Picks and Pans Review: Adventure Time
In a few short years these three siblings whose last names are actually Elvis, have come a long way from rendering Elvis Presley hits (what else?) in the bars of Champaign, Ill. Their second album is an unexpectedly accomplished collection of pop tunes that should banish their image as rockabillies. Producer Adrian Belew, the guitarist for King Crimson, has brought out the best in the Elvises—guitarist Rob, bassist Graham and drummer Brad. All write songs. Rob and Graham sing. Brad's stand-up drum kit gives a giddy impetus to the frothy but well-crafted melodies that make up Adventure Time. There are songs that clearly give evidence of a debt to the pop harmonics of Dave Edmunds, notably Burnin' Desire and I Wonder Why. Like Cheap Trick, another southern Illinois group, the Elvises tend to be derivative. But even if it is not a revolutionary development—and it does not break any musical ground by any means—Adventure Time offers some smart, soothing and sweet music. (Portrait)
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