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Colleen Green: I want to grow up (Hardly Art, 2014)

El segundo trabajo de la californiana Colleen Green nos muestra, efectivamente, a una Colleen mucho más madura, probablemente a todos los niveles, no tan sólo el musical: el álbum ya se abre con un trallazo de Pop de guitarras punzantes y espíritu noventero: I want to grow up, el corte que da título al álbum.
En el disco, además, nos vamos a encontrar con una evolución lógica de su sonido: del intimismo Noise de su primer trabajo, en éste nos toparemos con una banda hecha, fruto de la colaboración de amigos como Jake Orrall (Jeff the Brotherhood). Los temas están mucho más elaborados, mucho más horneados y sin duda saboreados. Aunque por momentos nos encontremos con las cajitas de ritmo y el minimalismo sonoro más cercao a momentos anteriores (Deeper than love, Whatever I want).
Las influencias sonoras que más fácilmente podría reconocer son las del Pop de guitarras de los noventa, el Punk vía Ramones, y aquel movimiento de las College Radios (Black Babies, Rem, Pixies, Breeders…).
Tv y Pay attention son los dos pilares en los que I want to grow up se sustenta: dos cortes impresionantes en los que resumir todo ésto de lo que hablo: Intensidad, mensajes sencillos y efectivos, guitarrazos y melodías adictivas. Things that are bad for me, Wild one, I want to grow up, Some people, Grind my teeth son las acompañantes idóneas.
Porque ése es otra de las grandes bazas de Colleen: su capacidad de sintetizar elementos claves a la hora de construir preciosas canciones Pop. El resultado era, consecuentemente, un trabajo como I want to grow up, un disco que a fuerza de sencillo, se deja querer con extrema facilidad.

“Green’s got a knack for songwriting. While the Ramones 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. Green does. She is also extremely effective at manipulating the studio to get the hidden depths of her seemingly simple songs—the sharks, jellyfish and other prehistoric monsters beneath the sunny surface of the beach waves—to become evident.
“Deeper Than Love”, for instance, is an existential meditation on the human capacity for connection and disconnection. Driven by heavily processed bass, a metronomic drum machine, and a twinkling, haunting guitar melody, Green’s soft voice, doubled, asks persistently: “Will I find a love that lasts as long as my life or will I die before ever becoming a wife? And I’m wondering if I’m even the marrying kind. How can I give you my life when I know you’re just gonna die?” It is intensely claustrophobic, the kind of stream of mundane self-reflective horror that we all run away from by tapping at our phones or flipping channels. Then it turns in on itself, Green’s voice nearly a whisper as she recounts the reasons she holds potential partners at arm’s length: “‘Cause I’m shitty and I’m lame and I’m dumb and I’m a bore/ And once you get to know me you won’t like me anymore.” The coda, repeated, a shiver in the spine, guitar and synth spiraling around it: “Further than fantasy, deeper than love ever could be.” The fear of intimacy triumphs over the fear of death.
Green isn’t complacent to just identify her problems and stare them calmly in the face, though. On the title track and the twin stars that are “Things That Are Bad For Me (Part 1)” and “Things That Are Bad For Me (Part 2)”, she rhetorically kicks herself in the butt to take responsibility for her actions, whether that be getting on a proper schedule or getting away from a boyfriend who brings out the worst in her, despite her acknowledgment that her anxiety drives her bad behavior. She doesn’t just want to grow up—she is growing up, and she’s doing it in elegantly wry, acerbic, hooky pop style. Her blasé delivery might seem impenetrable at first, but there is warmth and wit to her work that rewards those who are patient enough to hear its message” (Pitchfork)

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13 marzo, 2015 - Posted by | Colleen Green

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