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When Nashville’s The Addiction passed through town last week to play the Midpoint Music Fest, their latest CD, Temporal Bliss found its way into my pocket, and came home with me. What struck me about them live was their solid dance foundation, with a number of musical styles rolling across the top. When I left MPMF that night, I popped the CD into my player and began my drive home…

The disc opens strong with the radio friendly “Big Mistake”, and from there, the band builds upon that strength on everything that follows. The songs are straightforward, easy to listen to and well-crafted. Their music is body music; it gets you up and moving. The lyrics are as traditional as it gets – good relationships, bad relationships, people’s connection with other people. It’s the kind of thing that hits the airwaves and stays there for eons. The hip cynic, looking for a weak link in the chain, will have to work hard to find it on this disc.

These guys make no bones about where they learned their craft. In “Slide My Way” (the CD has a booklet, complete with lyrics – no cheap indie release here), keyboardist/songwriter J.J. Benson tells us that he “learned by listening to the best musicians in the land when they still ruled the radio”. The influences are there, but just when you think you know who they sound like, they throw a change-up at you. More than one person I’ve played this CD has said, “They sound a little like…”, and then stopped with, “Well, maybe not”. There are bits and pieces of so many different artists, yet the band still comes out with a distinctive sound. The key is in the delivery of the vocals: one song it’s blue-eyed soul (singer Meven's voice is capable of going in several directions with apparent ease), the next it’s Maroon 5, and I swear I heard hints of 10cc in the mix too. Two very important lessons that The Addiction has learned:

1. Michael Jackson taught them when not to play, and when not to sing
2. Steely Dan taught them that you can be creative and commercial without compromise

I heard these qualities in their songs live before I pulled the CD out of the case. In the CD’s tray, the interior art is a collage of album covers and old 45s. It’s all there – Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, Beatles, ELO, Diana Ross, Def Leppard, Squeeze, Stevie Wonder, et al.

From the somewhat edgy “Identity” to the fairly middle-of-the-road soul “29 Days”, the songs of Temporal Bliss have one indisputable quality:

They stay in your head.

Really.

Oh, there’s also a hidden track. It’s one of those “we did it for ourselves” kind of tracks. You’ll just have to find that one out for yourself.

If Nashville is truly the town where only the strong survive, The Addiction knows their Darwin.

- www.i-see-sound.com


I had the chance to catch most of The Addiction's set at The Red Cheetah last Thursday night. As I walked into the thump of the drums and bass, I was expecting a tight, funk band, and at first, that's what I heard. As they played on, I became aware that this wasn't exactly a funk band. Yeah, they were funky, but there were pieces of so many other types of music floating in and out of their sound. The vocals, sung by a singer who looked like a deranged Leonardo Di Caprio, were more mainstream pop, sometimes blue-eyed soul, sometimes almost reminiscent of 10cc. Whatever twist the Nashville quintet gave to a song, it was always founded on a solid backbeat. The Addiction indeed!

- GW

- www.i-see-sound.com


"This mutifaceted local band sounds as though it were derived from Prince, Steely Dan and the New Radicals. Their songs are slick, smooth and danceable with biting, socially aware lyrics and an appealing guitar sound..."
- The Nashville Scene


"What happens when you get five musicians from all over the country, add four parts pop, two parts funk, a dash of rock, and soak them to the point of saturation in soul? You get The Addiction. The Addiction is fast becoming a group to be reckoned with."
- Sensored.com


Discography

2002 CD - "...For All Intent & Purposes"
2005 CD - "Temporal Bliss"
2006 CD - "Edge of Content"

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Voted the "Best Up & Coming Local Band" by the readers of the Nashville Scene. A genre-bending blend of rock, pop and soul, The Addiction's music is creating a buzz in the online community, and their electrifying live performances have built a loyal and growing following throughout the southeast. Combining the radio-friendly styles of current artists Maroon 5, John Mayer and Jason Mraz with the funky pop sensibility of early influences like Prince and Steely Dan, The Addiction brings smooth harmonies and airtight musicianship together with a direct, intimate lyricism to create catchy songs that sound current, but yet timeless.

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What others are saying...

"...The songs are straightforward, easy to listen to and well-crafted. Their music is body music; it gets you up and moving...It's the kind of thing that hits the airwaves and stays there for eons...There are bits and pieces of so many different artists, yet the band still comes out with a distinctive sound...From the somewhat edgy "Identity" to the fairly middle-of-the-road soul "29 Days", the songs of Temporal Bliss have one indisputable quality: They stay in your head."
- I-See-Sound.com

"This mutifaceted local band sounds as though it were derived from Prince, Steely Dan and the New Radicals. Their songs are slick, smooth and danceable with biting, socially aware lyrics and an appealing guitar sound..."
- Critics Picks, The Nashville Scene

"What happens when you get five musicians from all over the country, add four parts pop, two parts funk, a dash of rock, and soak them to the point of saturation in soul? You get The Addiction. The Addiction is fast becoming a group to be reckoned with."
- sensored.com

"...their release titled "Temporal Bliss" surprised and pleased me very much. I never would imagine there's more than Country or Christian Pop/Rock coming out of Nashville. This fine combo of musicians sure knows how to impress..."
- Melodic.net