Posts Tagged ‘I Want To Grow Up’

As a prospect it can be terrifying, sad, and worst of all, inevitable. But on I Want to Grow Up, her second album for Hardly Art Records, Colleen Green lets us know that we don’t have to go it alone.

This latest collection of songs follows a newly 30-year-old  Colleen Green as she carefully navigates a minefield of her emotions. Her firm belief in true love is challenged by the inner turmoil caused by entering modern adulthood, but that doesn’t mean that her faith is defeated. With a nod to her heroes, sentimental SoCal punks The Descendents, Colleen Green too wonders what it will be like when she gets old. Throughout songs such as “Some People,” “Deeper Than Love,” and the illustrative title track, the listener has no choice but to feel the sympathetic growing pains of revelatory maturation and the anxieties that come along with it.

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Sonically the album is a major change for the LA-based songwriter, who has come to be known for her homemade recordings and merchandise. Her past offerings have been purely Green; testaments to her self-sufficiency and, perhaps, trepidation. This time, she’s got a little help from her friends: the full band heard here includes JEFF the Brotherhood’s Jake Orrall and Diarrhea Planet’s Casey Weissbuch, who collaborated with Green over ten days at Sputnik Sound in Nashville, TN.

I Want to Grow Up is an experience, not unlike life: questioning, learning, taking risks. And in true CG fashion, a quote from a beloved 90s film seems the perfect summation: “Understanding is reached only after confrontation.”

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While Colleen Green’s first LP for was a slice of breezy, self-aware stoner bubblegum that insisted on a shallow read—perhaps to force us to turn away from deeper truths—its follow-up, I Want to Grow Up,is paralysis and paranoia in a sugary glaze. On this record, Colleen Green has managed to capture in very real and human terms the existential terror that everything is futile and that our lives will never amount to much She is keenly aware of her own limitations and has turned her reflection on those limitations into strengths Green’s got a knack for songwriting. While taught us all that we only need a few chords to make an endless number of perfect pop songs, most bands that have followed that model to the letter don’t have the ear for hooks, structure, or wordplay that their heroes did. Colleen Green does. She is also extremely effective at manipulating the studio to get the hidden depths of her seemingly simple songs Driven by heavily processed bass, a metronomic drum machine, and a twinkling, haunting guitar melody, and Green’s soft voice,