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Adam Green - Jacket Full of Danger

Adam Green, Jacket Full of Danger

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

NEW York troubadour Adam Green follows up his recent Gemstones album with another oddball collection of songs on Jacket Full of Danger.

Clocking in at 30 minutes, the album certainly doesn’t outstay its welcome but it does remain an acquired taste.

Green can count The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas among his biggest fans and will be supporting The Strokes on their forthcoming tour dates. But anyone expecting a sound reminiscent of that cool New York outfit had better think twice.

His style is more akin to a classic crooner mixed with Tony Christie-style values. Yet his lyrics are always quirky, designed as darkly comic reflections on modern life.

Tracks like Animal Dreams are very odd – beginning with some acoustic guitar licks, before throwing in some big band style theatrics and a comedy vibe. It’s totally surreal and really has to be heard to be believed.

C Birds charts similarly offbeat territory the longer it continues, as does

Green is at his best when keeping things a little more simple. Cast A Shadow is actually quite a melodic effort that remains quirky but a great deal more endearing.

While forthcoming single, Nat King Cole is a faster, acoustically driven effort that finds Green adopting a throatier style reminiscent of Johnny Cash. It’s a lively performer that could well trick people into wanting to find out more about him.

Elsewhere, however, Green seems to be indulging his own wish fulfilment, adopting a busking style on Jolly Good, tossing in some full-on electric guitar for the gritty White Women and then rounding off with the totally surreal Hairy Women, which features lyrics such as ‘there’s no place inside this romance for a girl that’s clearly balding’ and ‘I have praise for every fantasy that braves a hairy nipple’.

Needless to say, the result is totally obscure and more of a miss than a hit.

Track listing:

  1. Pay The Toll
  2. Hollywood Bowl
  3. Vultures
  4. Novotel
  5. Party Line
  6. Hey Dude
  7. Nat King Cole
  8. C Birds
  9. Animal Dreams
  10. Cast A Shadow
  11. Drugs
  12. Jolly Good
  13. Watching Old Movies
  14. White Women
  15. Hairy Women