Adam Green has, it would appear, taken it upon himself to produce a film version of Aladdin, giving it his own, fairly radical spin (the lamp is replaced with a 3D printer) and bringing in his New York associates to assist. This is his soundtrack to the project, a decadent song suite full to the brim with Adam Green. On Revolver.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 27 April 2016
Sometimes brilliant songwriter and total and utter lunatic Adam Green has remade ‘Aladdin’. Please don’t ask why. It's not for us to question, let’s just accept it as fact. He has made minor changes to the story though, the lamp for example is now a 3D printer. It’s the sort of stuff you get up to when you live in New York.
Here is the soundtrack and luckily it reminds me that a) Green is a fantastic songwriter and b) he has the sort of chocolate brown voice that I could happily listen to forever even if it were reading the contents of the Norman Records customer complaints inbox.
It’s obviously madcap throughout but this is great fun. There are bits of dialogue between the songs but they are short enough not to disrupt the flow when listened to an album. There are 19 tracks which consist of different varieties of the sort of great folk- ish pop Green excels at. For the uninitiated, he sounds rather like a cross between Phil Ochs, Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed but the songs are quirky affairs with bizarre instrumentation for example the scratching that is added to ‘Nature of the Clown’ or the worst guitar sound ever tacked onto on ‘Time Chair’.
How much you can take of this depends on how much you can take of Adam Green. Luckily he does it all straight down the line with tongue not in cheek and no knowing wink. There are some remarkably beautiful songs - ‘Never Lift A Finger’ is a particularly gorgeous ballad and it is not alone. Pick through this and you will find plenty of treasure.
Around the time of his (for me) high water mark ‘Minor Love' I wished for more albums of Green just being sensible. He’s done the total opposite with this project but there are more than enough lovely musical moments to forgive all of the whimsy.
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