Sixes & Sevens

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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Adam Green, the Moldy Peach who's made a name for himself on the fringes of the singer/songwriter community with his playful, sometimes crude, sometimes sweet, lyrics, returns to Rough Trade for his fifth solo release, Sixes & Sevens. With 20 tracks, the album gives more than enough glimpses at Green's wide-ranging stylings and influences ('50s pop, country, folk, blues-rock, pop, even hip-hop), but it is this very range that is also detrimental. Green can certainly write a decent pop song, but his tendency to jump from one musical theme to another is more distracting and bothersome than anything else. Instead of showing off his ability, Sixes & Sevens is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Adam Green, the Moldy Peach who's made a name for himself on the fringes of the singer/songwriter community with his playful, sometimes crude, sometimes sweet, lyrics, returns to Rough Trade for his fifth solo release, Sixes & Sevens. With 20 tracks, the album gives more than enough glimpses at Green's wide-ranging stylings and influences ('50s pop, country, folk, blues-rock, pop, even hip-hop), but it is this very range that is also detrimental. Green can certainly write a decent pop song, but his tendency to jump from one musical theme to another is more distracting and bothersome than anything else. Instead of showing off his ability, Sixes & Sevens is a disjointed conglomeration of different ramblings that can't quite coalesce around any sort of idea. This is only accentuated by the fact that Green's songs themselves generally don't say much of anything, more focused on complex internal rhyme than meaning. The tracks, albeit short (only a couple are over three minutes) seem to drag on indefinitely, and though the album clocks in at just under 50 minutes, it feels as if much more time has passed when the final chords of "Rich Kids," an all-in-all decent song, are played. Green has so many voices, it's hard to know which one is his own. Is it the Tom Jones-esque one on the Hanson Brothers-helped "Twee Twee Dee"? The Stephen Malkmus on "Be My Man"? The Paul Simon on "You Get So Lucky"? Perhaps it's in the middle, where the singer launches into a medley that recalls his folkier days and manages to come across as both sentimental and quirky (take the touchingly open "Homelife," for example)? Sixes & Sevens is too much, too disparate, too nonsensical, to bring together its parts, so even though strong individual moments exist -- "Getting Led," the aforementioned "Homelife" -- as a whole it never quite sounds completed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/2008
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 883870043212
  • Catalog Number: 1306973

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Festival Song (2:20)
  2. 2 Tropical Island (2:18)
  3. 3 Cannot Get Sicker (2:24)
  4. 4 That Sounds Like a Pony (1:10)
  5. 5 Morning After Midnight (2:07)
  6. 6 Twee Twee Dee (2:38)
  7. 7 You Get So Lucky (2:23)
  8. 8 Getting Led (2:26)
  9. 9 Drowning Head First (2:37)
  10. 10 Broadcast Beach (2:21)
  11. 11 It's a Fine (2:12)
  12. 12 Homelife (2:33)
  13. 13 Be My Man (2:16)
  14. 14 Grandma Shirley and Papa (2:04)
  15. 15 When a Pretty Face (2:53)
  16. 16 Exp. 1 (2:38)
  17. 17 Leaky Flask (3:12)
  18. 18 Bed of Prayer (2:27)
  19. 19 Sticky Ricki (2:15)
  20. 20 Rich Kids (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Adam Green Primary Artist
Luis Bonilla Trombone
Zac Hanson Background Vocals
Maria Kitsopoulos Cello
Sandra Park Violin
Nathan Brown Piano, Glockenspiel, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Dan Myers Jew's Harp, Saxophone, Background Vocals
Isaac Hanson Background Vocals
Taylor Hanson Background Vocals
Josh Hager Guitar, Electric Sitar
Parker Kindred Percussion, Drums, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Lisa Kim Violin
Steven Mertens Bass, Percussion, Bass Guitar, Choir, Chorus, Group Member
Shanelle Saint Cyr Background Vocals
Mark Ephraim Guitar
Becky Young Viola
Loribeth Capella Vocals
Darren Korb Guitar
Lenny Molotov Guitar
Afua Richardson Background Vocals
Stinky the Ferret Piano
David Weiss Clarinet, Pan Pipes
Technical Credits
Greg Calbi Mastering
David Campbell Orchestral Arrangements
Dan Myers Engineer
Adam Green Composer
Loribeth Capella Cover Photo
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