Review: Adam Hood “Different Groove”

In the tradition of John Prine and Warren Zevon, Alabama native Adam Hood stands head and shoulders above the rest of the new crop of roots singer-songwriters. In fact, "Different Groove" illustrates Adam Hood's love affair with rock and country music treasures of the past while still breaking new artistic ground.
With ten studio tracks accompanied by a band and three acoustic cuts, Adam Hood's "Different Groove" starts out strong with the blues-infused country track "22 Days Too Long" and is followed by the love song "Shelly" which offers a unique Gavin DeGraw meets Darius Rucker vibe.

The biggest surprise on the album is the classic country track "Late Night Diner." This is an amazing nod by Adam Hood to the pioneers of country music. Indeed, the lyrics are thought provoking, and Hood's vocal performance is pitch-perfect. But the album's finest moment is the cut "Whole Town Talking." The track has beautiful instrumentation and feels as comfortable as your favorite old tennis shoes and as wonderful as ice-cold lemonade on a hot summer day.

The album's final three songs are the acoustic tracks "22 Days Too Long," "Different Groove," and "Fool Of An Honest Man." These songs provide a fitting conclusion for the album and leave you wishing you could hop in the car and drive all night to get to the next Adam Hood concert. In particular, "Fool Of An Honest Man" shows a new, more contemporary acoustic style for the artist, and the success of the track lies in his unique acoustic interpretation.

In these tough economic times, Adam Hood's music is comfort food for the soul. And with another three or four albums as good as this one, Adam Hood is bound to secure his place as a country music legend. No, this Alabama country boy doesn't need a different groove, because the one on display here is working just fine.