Mary McAdams Review in Cityview

Sound Check – Des Moines Cityview

Mary McAdams

“When You Dive”


The best part about “When You Dive” is what happens from the first song to the second. That’s not to say that the rest of the album is a disappointment, but everything that comes after rests upon the table that those first two songs set. Opening track “That Was Love” is a delightful little Americana ballad, and it puts you in a certain mindset for the rest of the album: If you’ve never heard Mary McAdams before, your head kind of settles in for a relaxing ride. Then “Trap Door” kicks in with its bluesy, driving guitar reminiscent of a Robert Rodriguez film and McAdams’ vocals follow close behind with a sharper edge to the words. When listened to in a void, there’s nothing particularly “hard” about the song, but when placed in the proper context, the difference is electric. CV