Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Since his start with Moldy Peaches, Adam Green has taken the long road to respectability, slowly moving from out of tune anti-folkie to recording this thoroughly adult-oriented album for the august folk label Rounder. Here he teams with Binki Shapiro (former vocalist for Little Joy) on an album of duets that hit the sweet spot between the off-kilter weirdness of Nancy Sinatra's work with Lee Hazlewood and the sexy swagger of Serge Gainsbourg's duets with his pick of ladies. Green and Shapiro's voices blend like a nostalgic dream -- hers smooth as silky stockings, his as rumbling and dry as a desert wind --- as they sing songs of broken hearts, messed up dreams, and sticky ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
Since his start with Moldy Peaches, Adam Green has taken the long road to respectability, slowly moving from out of tune anti-folkie to recording this thoroughly adult-oriented album for the august folk label Rounder. Here he teams with Binki Shapiro (former vocalist for Little Joy) on an album of duets that hit the sweet spot between the off-kilter weirdness of Nancy Sinatra's work with Lee Hazlewood and the sexy swagger of Serge Gainsbourg's duets with his pick of ladies. Green and Shapiro's voices blend like a nostalgic dream -- hers smooth as silky stockings, his as rumbling and dry as a desert wind --- as they sing songs of broken hearts, messed up dreams, and sticky situations. The songs are bereft of any of the humor Green usually brings to his work; instead he and Shapiro sound deadly serious and thoroughly disillusioned with love. Despite the gloomy nature of the words, the melodies are always super catchy and the duo, along with producer Noah Georgeson, wrap the songs in warm arrangements that are built around a very '60s-influenced folk-rock sound, but expand into some gently orchestral territory at times. The songs would have worked fine as acoustic duets, but the care and feeding they give them really helps the record stick. So do the great vocal performances from Shapiro (especially on the doo wop-inspired ballad "Casanova"), the bouncy pop songs that sound like they could have been radio hits in 1968 ("Just to Make Me Feel Good," "I Never Found Out"), and the overall sense of satisfaction that comes from hearing the result of two writers at the height of their craft telling it like it is about love and life. Hopefully, Green and Shapiro realize the creative gold they've struck here and make this more than just a one-off project. Even if they quit after this, the album will stand as one of the best duet records of the era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/29/2013
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661915121
  • Catalog Number: 619151
  • Sales rank: 218,328

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Here I Am - Binki Shapiro (3:28)
  2. 2 Just To Make Me Feel Good - Binki Shapiro (3:18)
  3. 3 Casanova - Binki Shapiro (2:48)
  4. 4 Pity Love - Binki Shapiro (2:48)
  5. 5 Don't You Want Me To - Binki Shapiro (2:22)
  6. 6 Pleasantries - Binki Shapiro (2:06)
  7. 7 I Never Found Out - Binki Shapiro (2:14)
  8. 8 What's the Reward - Binki Shapiro (2:49)
  9. 9 Don't Ask For More - Binki Shapiro (2:55)
  10. 10 The Nighttime Stopped Bleeding - Binki Shapiro (2:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Adam Green Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Jason Boesel Percussion, Drums
Josiah Steinbrick Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Kalimba, Omnichord
Noah Georgeson Bass, Guitar, Piano
Todd Dahl Hoff Cello
Binki Shapiro Synthesizer, Vocals, Harmony
Josh Tillman Background Vocals
Alia Shawkat Background Vocals
Carmen Piteo Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
Barry Taylor Management
Adam Green Composer
Noah Georgeson Producer, Engineer
Binki Shapiro Composer
Jessica Herman Weitz Management
Samur Khouja Engineer
Steve Zapp Booking
Nadja Rangel Management
Eric Dimenstein Booking
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