In his debut EP, Arizona native Adam Friedman sounds not too shabby in Green. The cool and melodic EP sounds youthful and exciting, with Friedman’s slick vocals twinkling over tight acoustic compositions. Although at most points in the album it feels as if he might be playing it a little too safe, Adam Friedman delivers a solid feel-good debut that is worth noting. Fans of male solo artists such as Ed Sheeran and John Mayer will feel right at home as Adam Friedman croons across this five-track record.
The EP opens with “Signals,” a fantastic opening that shows off how well Friedman’s vocals synergizes with one of the best instrumentals on the record. The guitar work sounds summery and nostalgic right from the onset as it weaves lovingly through verse and chorus. The chorus allows the song to soar, marking this track as a fantastic opening. Fans are going to enjoy this one, and it is without a doubt one of the better produced and written tracks on the album.
“Sad” follows on track two with a slight 2000’s feel to it, with Friedman channeling a joyful Maroon 5 vibe. The chorus is, once again, hooky and sweet enough to allow the track really soar. “It’s okay to be sad” is an ironically happy line that singers will gleefully sing over and over, echoing back to Daniel Powter’s “Bad Day.”
The EP is as radio-friendly as it can be, but “What If” feels the most conventional, with some catchy song writing mixed with a slight hip-hop vibe. Think acts like Years & Years and Shawn Mendes, with Friedman utilizing tropical house sounds in the chorus. Fans are going to immediately latch onto this, although we’d like the song to feel a little more unique instead of feeling like a carbon copy of a lot of present top 40 songs. Still, “What If” is a solid track, and will undoubtedly strike a chord with all listeners.
“Waiting On A Woman” is a charming little acoustic track that features some tight guitar work. It’s nice to hear Friedman sound more raw and down to earth.
The EP concludes with “Lemonade,” a track made all the more exciting with “Please Don’t Go” singer Mike Posner. Both gentlemen sound stunning on the record, with their voices synergizing together flawlessly. The undeniable California feel that breezes through is a combination of Posner’s summery flair with the overall laid back tone of Friedman and Green. “Lemonade” is an appropriate ending to a sunny day record.
Despite the musicality that is demonstrated nicely on this record, it’s a little disappointing at how safe Friedman sounds all throughout the record. Even his collaboration with Mike Posner seems to lack the pop you would expect from having both voices singing together. With all songs feeling rather too similar to each other, the EP also seems to suffer from a lack of diverse sounds which would properly show us the true potential of Friedman.
Still, Green is very much an enjoyable EP that fans of chill pop music will enjoy. The lack of pomp may be charming to some, but it’s an element that we feel is sorely missing for a performer who still sounds solid all throughout the record. Although a good overall performance is still important, there is just not enough showiness that could really put Friedman over the top. Green is a solid EP, but it could be so much more.
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