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Adam Green - Minor Love

by Rich Morris Rating:6 Release Date:2010-01-08

Once the potty-mouthed enfant terrible of NY anti-folk group The Moldy Peaches, Green is now well into a solo career which has seen a more mature sound emerge. Sure, there's still oddness and black humour aplenty ("When I took of my winter clothes/ my body looked like 40 or 50 crows", he croaks on opener 'Breaking Locks') but its hidden behind a genial folkie veneer which could easily fool anyone not paying close attention into thinking Green in making something very close to easy listening.

There's certainly a kitsch 60s vibe to songs like the avuncular lounge of 'Give Them a Token' with its cheesy organ, or 'What Makes Him Act So Bad', which actually sounds like some newly unearthed so-naff-its-cool gem of cod-hippie pop a la The Archies' 'Sugar Sugar'. Mostly, however, Green sticks with the skinny-jeaned street troubadour persona which he's been finessing since his first solo album Garfield. Most songs have a lugubrious, scuffed-up air which suits Green's ironic croon just fine. Imagine VU-era Velvet Underground fronted by a sozzled Dean Martin. Closing track 'You Blacken My Stay' has a boozy, bittersweet tang lifted straight from the Velvet's 'After Hours', while the brief but sparkling 'Cigarette Burns Forever' seems constantly on the verge of turning into 'She's My Best Friend'.

Two tracks stand out thanks to a widening of this album's sonic palette: 'Bathing Birds' throws some woodwind and a smattering of tinkling staccato guitar over a standard dusty lullaby. 'Stadium Soul', meanwhile, mixes an archaic, hissing drum loop with irritable Lennon-esque fuzz guitar. If both songs point to places Green could take his sound, the cassette tape punk of 'Oh Shucks', with its sniggering lyrics about a bull dyke, is a rather unwelcome reminder of where Green has come from.

Richard Morris

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