Adam Green – Minor Love

January 01, 1970

(Fat Possum)


It would be easy
to dismiss ex-Moldy Peach Adam Green as a smug Lower East Side trust fund kid
(not even sure if that last statement is true) if his last few records weren’t
so solid (Gemstones, especially). A
bigger surprise is that his new record is on the Fat Possum label, one known
more for old time bluesmen (R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimbrough, etc.) as well as
newer ones who glean inspiration from the old cats (Heartless Bastards, etc.)
and not hipster indie kids. Still, Green has silenced his critics before and
with Minor Love, his 6th studio full-length, he has done it again. It’s not his best record but it good
enough to prove to the rest of us that we shouldn’t be shocked when he releases
a good solo record.


On Minor Love, Green shows a love of old,
weird folkies. Guys with names like Jonathan, Lou and Leonard and opening cut
“Breaking Locks” is in that vein and will grow on you if only you let it while
“Give Them a Token” conjures visions of Green walking down a leafy street
singing to anyone who will listen (think Jonathan in There’s Something About Mary) and “Buddy Bradley” might be the
first ever song about a Peter Bagge character and in its slinky groove turns
out to be one of the best songs on the record. Later along the way is the
haunting “Bathing Birds”, the Silver Jews-esque “What Makes Him Act So
Bad”,  the pop nugget “Stadium Soul”,  the dreamy/haunting “Cigarette Burns Forever”
and plenty more(don’t miss
the bouncy “Castles and Tassels”).


This record is a
grower. It’s sneaky the way the songs burrow their way into your head, and at
14 songs in just over a half an hour it’s lean and trim. The way all good
records should be.


Recommended Tracks:  “Buddy Bradley”, “Bathing Birds”, “Cigarette
Burns Forever”, “Castles and Tassels” TIM HINELY





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