Inspection: Adam Wright’s Brand New album is Really a witty antidote to 2020

Nashville songwriter Adam Wright might have felt we can use a laugh, so he’s published a witty antidote to 2020.

Wright, whose compositions have been performed by such celebrities as Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, and Alan Jackson (his uncle), sensibly kept these 12 songs for himself. The whimsical tone is in the tradition of Roger Miller and Ray Stevens, whose sly comedy made tunes funny on repeated listening.

“I Win” is a quarantine achievement — one-man-band Wright performed, recorded, mixed, and made the collection. He plays electric and acoustic guitar, bass, keyboards, and percussion, overdubs vocals, and accomplishes a magical, demo-style informality that suits the material.

There is nothing casual about Wright’s songwriting, nevertheless. Craft and attention are reflected in how he packs smart rhymes and wordplay into concise tunes. The collection is half an hour, and one tune — the beautiful”I’d Be Great” — conducts a moment.

Wright’s final record, 2018’s”Dust,” was full of persuasive dark dramas, rather than everything goes for a smile. The romance”Sure na Stay” along with the topical”Wonder When the World Can Wait That Long” showcase his longing tenor.

However, Wright participates with tongue in cheek — a nifty trick — roughly logic, losing in love, money flow woes and, on”Rhymes With Bucket,” a philosophy for life. This record can help us do exactly that.