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Minor Love

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Breaking Locks
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Give Them A Token
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Buddy Bradley
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Goblin
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Bathing Birds
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What Makes Him Act So Bad
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Stadium Soul
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Cigarette Burns Forever
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Boss Inside
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Castles and Tassels
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Oh Shucks
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Don't Call Me Uncle
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Lockout
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You Blacken My Stay
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Total Tracks: 14   Total Length: 31:47

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Ian Gittins is a music writer for the Guardian who has also written for Melody Maker, Q, Time Out, MTV, Daily Telegraph and New York Times. He is the co-author

02.16.10
The other Moldy Peach ambles happily along the musical margins
Label: Fat Possum Records

Kimya Dawson's Juno soundtrack gave her musical profile a helpful leg-up but Adam Green, her cohort in the anti-folk duo Moldy Peaches, never got his commercial semi-breakthrough. That figures: on the evidence of his seventh solo album, Green is entirely happy ambling along in music's margins.

True to its perpetrator's roots, Minor Love could hardly be any more lo-fi. 14 songs rumble by in 30 minutes, most of them little more than a rudimentary (but catchy)… read more »

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jkosmicki

AllMusic says it correctly, this is the best Lou Reed album that Lou never made. Of course, Lou would have to be more positive and have a sophomoric sense of humor, so maybe we just need to say that this is Adam Green's most mature and diverse album yet. there is not a single bad track, and all are less than 3 minutes long, so no bloat. This is album length, not CD length - Green gets in, performs his songs, and is done. Most people today know him from "Anybody Else But You" from Juno, and if they enjoyed that song, they owe it to themselves to at least preview this album, where several of the songs are actually MORE enjoyable.

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Lou Reed once quipped, “I do Lou Reed better than anybody,” but Adam Green comes a close second 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 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. – Jason Lymangrover

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