Adam Green Returns with 'Sixes & Sevens' Half of the mostly defunct band The Moldy Peaches, Green has put out his fifth solo full-length CD. The album's genre-jumping and stream-of-consciousness lyrics make the title, a term for disarray, seem apt. But the songs are melodic and imaginative.


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Adam Green Returns with 'Sixes & Sevens'

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Earlier this year, the soundtrack to the movie "Juno" made a surprise climb to the top of the charts. It features music from the band, The Moldy Peaches.

(Soundbite of song "Anyone Else But You")

Mr. ADAM GREEN (Lead Vocals, The Moldy Peaches): (Singing) Pebbles forgive me, the trees forgive me, so why can't, you forgive me? I don't see what anyone can see in anyone else.

NORRIS: One of the founding members of The Moldy Peaches is Adam Green. He just released a new solo record called "Sixes & Sevens."

Meredith Oakes has this review.

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MEREDITH OAKES: "Sixes & Sevens" is a term for disarray and it's the perfect name for Adam Green's new CD.

(Soundbite of song "Tropical Island")

Mr. GREEN: (Singing) Tropical island, oh, oh. Tropical island, oh, oh.

OAKES: His genre-jumping is dizzying, from smartly arranged pop to big rock songs laced with idiosyncratic instruments, to call-and-response folk blues, to that tribal flute heard on street corners in many cities. One minute, Green is still the indie rocker who used to wear a Robin Hood outfit onstage; the next, he's Bruce Springsteen, only with a jaw harp and a gospel choir.

(Soundbite of music)

Mr. GREEN: (Singing) Modern lover, what's that noise? I just used Johnny not want a big boy. Say, hey. Hey, things won't be strange any day now.

OAKES: Adam Green has long taken the stream of consciousness approach to lyric writing, but he's matured considerably from his twisted nursery-rhyme days with The Moldy Peaches.

On this new CD, he's the king of knockout couplets, firing them off so fast it takes repeated listens to hear most of them. Green is like Leonard Cohen with ADD, dashing from one observation to the next — sometimes funny, sometimes profound and sometimes just obscure.

(Soundbite of song)

Mr. GREEN: (Singing) Did you need another daddy? I was the one who turned you into honey. It's not your breeziness that let's this good girl know. What new man ugliness cause a baby to explode, daddy, gone, gone, gone the messenger's gone. The good lady and the doctor's son. So don't change your body this way.

OAKES: With 20 songs crammed into just over 48 minutes, Adam Green's new CD feels, well, really long and sort of unfocused. But it works for Green, who has an extensive knowledge of music and a gift for utilizing it all. Green's songs are melodic and imaginative, and they hit all the right touchstones without ever being unoriginal.

NORRIS: The new CD from Adam Green is called "Sixes & Sevens." Our reviewer is Meredith Oakes.


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