Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

by Adam Green


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Adam Green & Binki Shapiro

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/29/2013
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661915121
catalogNumber: 619151
Rank: 114026

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

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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