released Feb 16th, 2010

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Singer/songwriter Adam Green is most known for his stint with the Moldy Peaches, but in the new millennium he also did the solo thing. His music is a sophisticated indie-folk mix, showcasing an appealing peculiarity similar to the likes of Leonard Cohen. In September 2002, Green marked his solo debut with the release of Garfield, followed by the next year's Friends of Mine, which contained the single "Jessica," about Jessica Simpson. In 2005 and 2006, Green released a pair of dynamic albums, Gemstones and Jacket Full of Danger, respectively. The following year, the singer found himself with a bit more mainstream attention thanks to his duet with fellow-Moldy Peach Kimya Dawson, "Anyone Else But You," featured on the hit film Juno, and in 2008 his fifth solo full-length, Sixes & Sevens, came out.

album review

Lou Reed once quipped, “I do Lou Reed better than anybody,” but Adam Green does him justice on Minor Love. A step up from the stylistically conflicted Sixes & Sevens, Green’s sixth album finds the onetime Moldy Peaches member seguing into maturity, with an album that appropriates the baritone vocals and early-‘70s production style of Transformer (as well as Reed’s street hood image, for the cover). Talk-sung ditties are delivered with charming apathy and recorded as stripped-down but glossy arrangements — much like Bowie and Ronson’s instrumentation on Transformer — with seven accompanying musicians helping Green to create a smooth, snappy vibe. Considering that Green helped pen Juno's whimsical serenade “Anyone But You,” it’s only expected that there are some ridiculous lyrics thrown into the mix (“Mind your pubis” and “You were the flatulent one,” for instance) — but even so, compared to his earlier releases, Minor Love is less likely to get filed away as a novelty. The fingerpicked minor-chord ballad “Boss Inside” shows a dark side of Green as he edges away from Jonathan Richman drollness and shows off a Leonard Cohen-esque earnestness in a morose tale of an abusive alcoholic. It's a harsh slice of life and a big turnabout from poop jokes, but honest-sounding stories (fictional or non) provide a refreshing sense of balance. When he takes the other route as a smug wisecrackin' bad boy, with lines like "I've been too awful to ever be thoughtful" in the gentle opener, "Breaking Locks," he's in full swing. Likewise, “Give Them a Token,” “Buddy Bradley,” and “What Makes Him Act So Bad” rank among his best. These are the types of tunes that are simple, instant, and irresistible. Bonus points for keeping all 14 tracks under the three-minute mark.

Track Listing

1."Breaking Locks" - 2:21
2."Give Them a Token" - 2:13
3."Buddy Bradley" - 2:00
4."Goblin" - 1:50
5."Bathing Birds" - 2:14
6."What Makes Him Act So Bad" - 2:17
7."Stadium Soul" - 2:34
8."Cigarette Burns Forever" - 1:56
9."Boss Inside" - 2:06
10."Castles and Tassles" - 2:45
11."Oh Shucks" - 1:58
12."Don't Call Me Uncle" - 2:57
13."Lockout" - 2:09
14."You Blacken My Stay" - 2:18