Minor Love - Adam Green
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  • Summary: Heavily influenced by the likes of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, Adam Green (the alternative-folk singer/songwriter better known for his stint with the lo-fi indie group Moldy Peaches) returns with his sixth studio album.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
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  1. On “Minor Love,’’ Green’s sixth solo record, he proves adept as ever traversing through the American popular songbook and filtering his findings through a hazy stoner’s smog of absurdity.
  2. Gentle, droll and - bar the disappointingly immature Oh Shucks - mercifully free of knob gags, Minor Love is charming. [Feb 2010, p. 108]
  3. Minor Love is a record of succinct pop ditties, with only three clocking in over 150 seconds long.
  4. Adam Green’s flowering from puerile anti-folk twonk with The Moldy Peaches to suave lounge-country crooner is laudable.
  5. The best tracks here still feature his distinct blend of surrealist poetry, but the music does not even meet it halfway.
  6. 60
    Minor Love still packs some Jonathan Richman–esque quirk, as Green croons in a Lou Reed deadpan about goblins, flatulence, and other concerns over solidly constructed lo-fi tunes.
  7. 40
    Green can turn on the charm--countrified finale Blacken My Stay and Castles And Tassles are winners, and "castles and tassles and fatulent assholes" is a hysterical refrain - but overall, Minor Love is a curiously enervating affair. [Feb 2010, p. 95]

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  1. Jan 6, 2011
    10
    This album is criminally underrated. Almost every song on Minor Love is a gem. Adam Green has matured both emotionally and musically with this album, and after a bunch of releases in recent years that didn't live up to his early work, critics failed to notice he's suddenly put out one of the greatest records of 2010. There is unmistakable newfound depth & sincerity enshrouded in these songs, which can easily be overlooked by a critic who is too lazy to look beneath the irony that adam has been known for. It is perhaps that uncomfortable juxtaposition of hyper-nonsense with hyper-sincerity that makes this so touching. Not to mention, these songs are short and catchy-as-hell with melodies and arrangements that aren't obvious. There is nothing trendy or too earth-shatteringly original about this album, and there doesn't need to be-- these songs stand on their own. Collapse