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"Adventure", their second album following the massively-acclaimed "Marquee Moon", was highly accessible due to the slick production and absence of extended jams. Nonetheless, the rapid tightening of commercial radio formats and the ineptitude of noncommercial radio restricted Television to the tiniest cult audience in their homeland, although "Adventure" made them stars in Western Europe.
Compared with the deceptively soft sound of "Marquee Moon", "Adventure" lost out in terms of the unique textures due to the rather intrusive production, which verged on pompous on the disappointing "Ain't That Nothin" and blunted the edge from the guitar lines of "Glory", which is largely carried by a touching vocal. However, "Carried Away" moved the clanging guitar sounds to piano and organ with surprising effect, and the largely instrumental closer "The Dream's Dream" blend's the undeniable guitar talents of Verlaine and Lloyd with a sound that was remarkably rich and soft for a time when stripped-down aggression or bombastic stadium rock was the order of the day.
The almost insanely catchy "Foxhole", their third and last European hit single, however, was the stunner here, with perhaps the finest guitar work ever made coming from Richard Lloyd. Especially in his closing solo, Lloyd played with a skill that even the radio-oriented production utterly failed to thwart. Verlaine's lyrics can appear to be shallow or intelligent (sometimes at the same time) but the music of "Foxhole" will never leave you: probably, in fact, the best song of the late 1970s.Read more ›
In their short lived career, the original Television incarnation generated only two albums. Marquee Moon was perhaps the quintessential Television record, displaying an instrumental prowess and sonic complexity that was sorely lacking in punk music at the time, but it was not until the heavily underrated Adventure that Tom Verlaine's impressive songwriting skills truly came to full fruition.Read more ›
Yet this is quite a shame, because Adventure is, in its own small way, something very close to masterpiece. Like its predecessor, Adventure relies on the masterful songwriting of Tom Verlaine, whose prowess in that department has often been overshadowed by his genius hands at the fret.
Some of Verlaine's songs have been covered by Artists who brought out the pop-rock genius in them. But television always shies away from that; even at its catchiest, it maintains a cutting edge, a unique sound and music making ethic which make Verlaine's music a connoisseur's art.
The connoisseur has much to love in this release, one of the best in Verlaine's career. Opening with 'Glory', one of Verlaine's most rewarding rock'n'roll moments, a song which could have fitted nicely in Marquee Moon (It is only the only track off 'Adventure' which Television presently perform on a regular basis). We get a sing-along, but one which is remote nonetheless. If you can appreciate it, you'll love it, but it'll take a poppier cover for the uninitiated to appreciate the beauty in it.
As a lyricist, Verlaine is both profound and whimsical, his song often sound like the more poetic of Dylan's songs, but with a weirder sense of humor. See the lyrics of the epic closer 'Dream's Dream':
The elevator called me up.Read more ›
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I was worried when I bought this album, because I fell in love with their first one, and didnt want to disapoint myself if this one was not as good. It's great though! Read morePublished on March 11 2012 by Emily
Don't get me wrong, I love this record. Days is easily one of my all time favorite bits or R and R prose. It somehow seems to carry the spectre of the first record however. Read morePublished on June 3 2010 by J. MacDonald
This album proves one thing- you can't always believe what the music critics say. When this album came out in the late seventies the critics said it didn't hold a candle to their... Read morePublished on April 6 2006 by Dwayne Nietzche
Si bien Marquee Moon puso la vara demasiado alta para Television, Adventure es un buen trabajo y no merece haber sido eclipsado por su monumental debut. Read morePublished on May 15 2004
Adventure has never gotten the respect of Marque Moon. Perhaps its because it builds on the model of the first album and the songwriting is a bit more refined and polished. Read morePublished on Nov. 14 2003 by Wayne Klein
This follow up to MARQUEE MOON was written off too soon if you ask me. Since it came out in '78, reception at best has been lukewarm. Read morePublished on Oct. 24 2003 by K. H. Orton
This is one of those problematic albums where for every great song, there's one that's the very definition of the word "FILLER". Read morePublished on Feb. 15 2003 by adam david
Between the release of Television's acclaimed 1977 debut, Marquee Moon and the recording of their second album, 1978's Adventure, the New York punk rock scene, which they helped to... Read morePublished on Dec 1 2001 by P. Nicholas Keppler