Adam Green, Minor Love
The other Moldy Peach ambles happily along the musical margins
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) guitar hook, some token bass and Green lazily drawling what sound suspiciously like improvised lyrics. The record reportedly draws on the break-up of his marriage last year, and while opener "Breaking Locks" reflects, “I've been too awful to ever be thoughtful,” there are few signs of angst on languid strum-a-longs such as "Bathing Birds" or the faux-naïve, Jonathan Richman-esque "What Makes Him Act So Bad."
Such self-indulgence could be woefully off-putting, but Green gets away with it because he is a prodigiously talented songwriter whose first-draft rough-cuts shine brightly enough to survive their creator's singular lack of interest in polishing or fine-tuning them. Minor Love is an under-cooked pleasure, but a pleasure nonetheless.