Adult Mom - Momentary Lapse of Happily

by Steve Ricciutti Rating:8 Release Date:2015-08-13

Reminiscent of a lot of influences (The Breeders and Liz Phair above all with hints of Allison Weiss, too), Adult Mom’s singer and songwriter Steph Knipe has put together a lush, thoughtful, and altogether pleasant album of love, gender identity, and reflection in the aptly titled Momentary Lapse of Happily. In an interview, she summed up the themes of this cd as “growth, acceptance, and recovery,” and it’s easy to see why.

The lyrics are diary-like sincere, gently propelled along with a strong but oft-subtle pop sensibility, with jangly guitars, a Breeders-ish bass, and muted drums. Nothing falls out of the pattern of repeated melodic styles and reflective lyrics on the 13-strong set of short songs (the longest clocks in at slightly over three minutes); it’s all a sustained vibe of folky vignettes on love with slight tweaks in tempo, but that’s not a bad thing, either.

I frequently hit replay on “Told Ya So,” “When You Are Happy,” “Meg Ryan,” “Wake,” and “What’s Another Lipstick Mark,” the more pop sounding songs on the cd, with the rest of the cd being a bit more subdued. 

This may not be the cd you play at the gym to get in a good cardio workout, but on the other hand, for a long solo drive or when you’re feeling in one of those moods we all have from time to time, this cd is the perfect soundtrack. 

 

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