Album review: Adam Green - Minor Love (Rough Trade)

Sophisticated lounge-country crooning that retains something of the scatalogical

Album review: Adam Green - Minor Love (Rough Trade)

7 / 10 Adam Green’s flowering from puerile anti-folk twonk with The Moldy Peaches to suave lounge-country crooner is laudable. This sixth solo outing widens his cultural rehabilitation, carving splinters of Lambchop (‘Cigarette Burns Forever’), Magnetic Fields (‘Castles And Tassels’), Nilsson (‘Give Them A Token’), The Velvet Underground (‘What Makes Him Act So Bad’), The Strokes (‘Goblin’) and Scott Walker (‘Boss Inside’) from a sawdusty bar-stool. An absence of hookers, drugs and wanking – coupled with Wurlitzer, desert echo and Mexican arpeggio – suggest a ripening, but hang on: with lyrics like “You are the flatulent one/And I am the boy who has a gun”, it seems maturing doesn’t involve growing up.

Mark Beaumont

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