In fact the last two names, Adams and Marling, return the favor on If Not Now Then When? performing with Johns. They both lend backing vocals to the pensive "Whip Poor Will". And Adams plays bass and drums on the albums most charismatic moment and first single "Don't Reach Too Far".
If you're unfamiliar with Ethan Johns or just don't know what to expect of If Not Now Then When? the results are rather engaging and telling of a producer that's now in the spotlight. It's a collection of seductive songs that aim not to fool with studio wizardry, but with a focus strictly on the songs themselves. The arrangements for the most part are rather humble and spare. "Hello Sunshine" is reminiscent of great British folk and of course his work with the aforementioned Laura Marling. While gritty moments like "Morning Blues" find Johns in his best voice, and add wonderful flavor to the album. It's not an extravagant coming out party for Ethan Johns, but a well-designed introduction done just right.
Review by Mike Vasilikos, July 25, 2013
Released: December 11, 2012 on Three Crows Records