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Adam Green: A Calm Confession

Adam Green: A Calm Confession

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The portrait of a bully who lost his nerve, Adam Green's "Boss Inside" would have fit in perfectly at a folk festival 50 years ago. courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The portrait of a bully who lost his nerve, Adam Green's "Boss Inside" would have fit in perfectly at a folk festival 50 years ago.

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In 2007, the film Juno brought a horse to water, but it just didn't drink. "Anyone Else but You," a lovesick duet loaded with oddball musings, served as the soundtrack's centerpiece, creating a wave of buzz for its creators in The Moldy Peaches. That band's co-founders, Kimya Dawson and Adam Green, were well into their solo careers at the time, but the hype failed to translate into much widespread appreciation for their current projects.

Nevertheless, the two of them still release music like clockwork — especially Green. He's on his sixth studio album, titled Minor Love, and it finds him rediscovering his lo-fi roots. Green's music had grown increasingly indulgent, bringing more studio flash into the fold, but Minor Love feels skeletal by comparison; it replaces bells and whistles with the humble warmth of a '60s rock recording.

The portrait of a bully who lost his nerve, "Boss Inside" would have fit in perfectly at a folk festival 50 years ago. When Green calmly confesses, "He wanted me to kill him, but I took his life instead," it sounds figurative, but no less deadly than if it weren't.

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Album
Minor Love
Artist
Adam Green
Label
Fat Possum Records
Released
2010

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