10 Songs | MR086 | Release Date 2014
The second album from Little Rock alt-rockers Collin Vs. Adam is dedicated to the memory of Mason Mauldin, the band's bassist who died when the airplane he was piloting crashed Jan. 23, 2013, and it is quite a document. With synthy textures and dance flourishes that feel somewhat distant, Bloodsucker is undeniably intriguing.
Vocalist Adam Hogg's tenor sometimes sounds lonely and detached but is perfectly matched to the group's slyly funky arrangements and palette. He switches from longing ("Get Back to You," "Restrainer") and rage (the thrilling title cut) to bleary-eyed resignation ("Small") seamlessly. Meanwhile, guest Norman Williamson's haunting sax solo on "Sloth" sounds like something from a late-night pop radio show circa 1984 and Little Rock hip hop star 607 lays down a breathless rap over the strong "Information."
With Bloodsucker, Collin Vs. Adam has done its fallen band mate proud.
- Sean Clancy [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette]