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Now Hear This: Don't Play (single) - Adam Randy

Rating: ***1/2

Baltimore-based pop rock singer-songwriter Adam Randy released his new single "Don't Play" on May 23rd. He has already charted in some global indie charts, so I'm excited to give my virgin ears a listen to what he's created.

From what I'm reading, this is a danceable pop-rock song with biting lyrics about the love game. That sounds like the kind of stuff I like. I just love drama.

Randy has cited The Beatles, Neil Diamond, and Billy Joel as influences, and I'm a big fan of all of them. This intrigues me even more. If Randy is anything like those guys, I'm in for a real treat.

There's no point in wasting any more time. I'm going to put on my headphones and listen to Adam Randy's latest, "Don't Play" for the first time.

I'll report back after the jump.

The track starts with a country-western vibe before transitioning into an 80s synth-pop sound. I wasn't expecting that, and it's kind of weird in a very fun way. I love the keyboard breakdown after the verse, which leads into a pretty rad chorus. Lyrically, Randy isn't exactly subtle. He's letting the object of his desire know exactly where he's coming from. This song is surprisingly catchy, with so many little touches that make it ripe for repeat listens. He's not playing around, that's for sure.

This song is delightfully odd. It will peak the interest of 80s synth pop fans that loved OMD, the Pet Shop Boys, and Fine Young Cannibals. It doesn't sound like anything on the radio right now, and in my humble opinion, that's a good thing. A very good thing. I definitely recommend giving this one a listen.

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