The thought of following up the acclaimed Marquee Moon is daunting, and Adventure is a much more modest, more relaxed, album. It has the same guitar interplay, but there aren’t the epics like the ten minute ‘Marquee Moon’ and the songs aren’t as memorable; reportedly it’s the remainder of their live set after its highlights were used for their debut.
It doesn’t measure up to Marquee Moon, and it doesn’t really attempt to, but there are still pleasures to be found on Adventure. ‘Foxhole’ is a relatively straightforward riff rocker, but it’s distinguished by its witty double-entendre lyrics. ‘Ain’t That Nothin” is the standout with its nagging riff and memorable chorus, while ‘The Fire’ has an unusual, high pitched ringing hook. Even when the material is less memorable, the guitar interplay of Verlaine and Lloyd is a pleasure in itself.
It’s not a masterpiece on the level of Marquee Moon, but if you’d like to hear a more modest Television album, Adventure has plenty to recommend it.