America's Greatest Superstar

Adam Green’s fifth solo release is just about as far as he could go from his first. As opposed to acoustic-based folksy songs, Sixes&Sevens is twenty tracks of full, Vegas crooner-style sound. There is nothing is cooler than Adam’s baritone on this record.
The song-writing is the strongest from Adam so far. His previous albums are all triumphs of creativity; concepts, words, and sounds put together to form something completely unique. But Sixes&Sevens has that special quality of perfection about it. It’s sophisticated in the way the rhythms and melodies are layered on top of one another to build that big sound.
A diverse array of instruments and influences are used to create fully realized, well-formed songs. Gorgeous string and horn arrangements back the legendary Space Kamp throughout the album. Adam shows off his xylophone skills to mimic the sound of steel drums on “Tropical Island.” “Cannot Get Sicker” is a slick, soul influenced song with an addictive riff picked out on an acoustic. “That Sounds Like A Pony” feels more like a performance poem than a song as Adam recites it to changing beats hammered out on drums, bongos, and a cowbell. The disco-infused orchestration on “Twee Twee Dee” is grounded by a steady, galloping drumbeat, and works surprisingly well. “Leaky Flask” uses distortion on the guitars; a sharp contrast to the crystal-clear sound of the rest of the album.
But the highlight of the album is the fifth track, “Morning After Midnight.” “Morning” is a radio hit from another time. This song has the same “let’s just be happy and dance” feeling to it as two other Adam Green favourites, “Dance With Me” and “Emily.”
This is the best $14 you will spend this year, unless you caught Adam at the Horseshoe on June 7. That was a pretty good $14, too. But this record is required listening, nonetheless.

Sent to us by Lindsey Cull