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Quick Hit: Adam Rich

April 3, 2014

Virgin Freak outside

A couple weeks ago I featured Adam Rich‘s Kickstarter on DIY Ditty. (Side note: I have not forgotten DIY Ditty. It will be back in May.) Rich wanted to reissue his now 20-year-old debut album Virgin Freak on CD for the comparatively mini sum of $125. He ended up with $184, and so, lo and behold, Virgin Freak is out in the world on disc.

The album itself is composed of mostly instrumental rock tracks, with an acoustic tune and a vocals-led song rounding out the set. There’s some nods to grunge (“Weaving,” “The Friendlies”), old-school metal riffing (“Nasally Impaired”), early ’90s funk/rock sound (“Rhet Ro”) and a tune that’s some combination of all of that (“Psycho John”). It’s a fun listen, especially if you’re a fan of the early ’90s. (Also, if you’re a fan of joke-metal/joke-rock, you’ll enjoy the goofy “Psycho John” immensely.) Fans of early ’90s rock sounds, DIY projects, and/or low-to-mid-fi recording should check out Virgin Freak.


Stephen Carradini and Lisa Whealy write reviews of instrumental, folk, and singer/songwriter music. We write about those trying to make the next step in their careers and established artists.

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