ADAM GREEN, "Jacket Full of Danger"
It seems like the cool thing to do these days in hipster land is to prove just how much you are not a hipster.It seems like the cool thing to do these days in hipster land is to prove just how much you are not a hipster. And by those standards, former Moldy Peach Adam Green has proven once and for all just who the king really is by releasing an album that sounds as though he was playing weekends at the Concord opening for Jerry Vale before he met Kimya Dawson. Where the heck did that voice come from?
For his fourth album, "Jacket Full of Danger," Green trades in the nasally charm of his previous solo outings in favor of a bombastic baritone that marks the most spectacular voice change since Peter Brady. At first you will be taken aback by this drastic shift in Adam's music, which is akin to Paul Anka recording his last album of modern rock hits in Lou Barlow's bedroom studio. But once you get beyond the initial shock of his new approach and dig into the songwriting, you know you are listening to yet another classic Adam Green production.
Hearing him recite lyrics "I like to hold a cigarette full of grass in my hand," in a faux-Vegas croon like he does on "Drugs," or even a zinger like "I'm embarrassed, so embarrassed by injustice that shuts doors on hairy women," from the Jim Reeves-esque ballad "Hairy Women", you are guaranteed to grin.
He might not look any different, as the perfectly tussled short-long haircut and shabby chic army jacket he's sporting on the cover reveal. But these days Green is singing like he sleeps in a tuxedo, once again providing another splinter in the jarring contrast between sound and vision he appears to be looking to achieve. -- Ron Hart