Review: Adam Baldwin – No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five) (Sonic Records / Warner Music Canada)

Adam Baldwin (1)Don’t be fooled by the 80’s-inspired graphics featured on the cover of the first full-length effort from Halifax’s Adam Baldwin. After cleverly kicking off No Telling When… with a saxophone-heavy intro that is certain to max out your 80’s quota for any given day of the week, Baldwin and his band launch into a world of music custom-made for the working (wo)man. Drawing inspiration from obvious touchpoints like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, an infectious energy permeates “Love On The Rocks,” and “Leaving On A Whim,” while one of the record’s most poignant moments, “Rehtaeh”, chronicles the life of the late Rehtaeh Parsons. Though only nine songs deep, Baldwin makes a firm statement with this album, showing he is more than ready to fly on his own.