Though once a member of Moldy Peaches, Adam Green has done a decent job of forge his own identity as a solo act. His latest effort, the â€œMinor Loveâ€ is no exception.
Through his nearly spoken word delivery itâ€™s easy to spot Greenâ€™s influences â€“ Jonathan Richman and Leonard Cohen in particular â€“ but he still manages to come off strikingly original. Lyrically, Green doesnâ€™t try to layer his songs with too much over-thought subtext and itâ€™s that simplicity that makes the tracks so interesting. A song like â€œBuddy Bradleyâ€ will likely sound just as fresh a decade from now.
Considering the amount of hype that was thrown at The Moldy Peaches when they first surfaced, youâ€™d expect Green to be living a Brian Wilson-like hermit existence nowadays; Thank God he doesnâ€™t.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Top tracks: “Breaking Locks” and “Buddy Bradley”
Adam Green â€“ Minor Love/CD/14 tracks/2010/Fat Possum Records/www.myspace.com/adamgreen