Gemstones - Adam Green
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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter (formerly of The Moldy Peaches) follows his acclaimed set 'Friends Of Mine' with this disc produced by Dan Myers.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Simply put, either you’ll love this album or not “get” it. It’s too good an album for you to not like if you understand it.
  2. 80
    [A] queasy mix of super-sharp realism, clammy surrealism and elegant melody. [Feb 2005, p.98]
  3. His sparse, sweet acoustic songs charm more than they shock, and make you think rather than irritate.
  4. Over the course of Gemstone's 15 tracks, Green's heavily enunciated, lumbering delivery become more irritating than a busload of thespians on their way to an audition. Thankfully, Green's elementary-school melodies, which call to mind Jonathan Richman at his silliest, ultimately save this album from the topical hell to which it aspires.
  5. 40
    His quirks often overwhelm him, and his shock tactics are more infantile than transgressive. [Feb 2005, p.76]
  6. Gemstones is shit. It's awful. It really, really is.
  7. As worthless as it's possible for music to be. [Feb 2005, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15