Adam Lazzara, the frontman of Taking Back Sunday, has really always been seen in only one light as a musician. He’s’ a powerhouse with a strong and gritty raw voice, and that’s what totally works for him and the band. His talent has aged with him, and he’s matured as an artist in so many positive ways.
He released a solo tune, called “Because It Works”, and it has a music video to accompany it. The tune is from a 4-way split EP called “Our Voices”. I didn’t know what to expect from it, but when I read that it was described as “folky”, I cringed a bit. I didn’t think Lazzara could pull of anything of the sort, but I was wrong.
This song is great. It’s simple and feels like summer. The depth of the guitar, the wonderful harmonica, and the bright undertones of it all makes it all fit so well. And then, Adam starts singing. It’s gorgeous and careful, and not too heavy-handed. It’s actually perfect for it. It’s still quirky and rock-y enough to work for him, but it’s certainly a big change. I never really imagined him being too versatile, considering he’s been with TBS doing the same thing for 13ish years. However, he’s just expanded his horizons exponentially.
He’s an incredibly talented guitarist, and that really shows in this tune. It’s the real backbone of it all, and he’s a seasoned musician in all aspects, but he really shows off, and rightfully so, his guitar skills. His voice is distinctive and pure, tailored so well for the folk genre that it’s a shock that I had low expectations for it. It’s an absolute masterpiece.
As for the music video, it’s minimalistic and adorable. Seeing Lazzara in his element, smiling and laughing, is so humanizing. I mean, he’s a grown up now- he has kids. It’s interesting to watch an older TBS video and then this one, because he’s a new person, and it’s refreshing. His joy radiates through the entire video and the song, and it’s uplifting and incredibly real.
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