Remember That I Love You
· Adam Green: 2; Kimya Dawson: 1.
Once The Moldy Peaches broke up, it looked like Adam Green was undeniably the half worth keeping an eye on. While Greens Friends Of Mine was a surprisingly charming string-driven Jonathan Richman pastiche, Dawson all but disappeared into twee tunelessness.
I saw her play cross-legged in a pub in Newcastle, and her performance came off as a mess too quirky for its own good, while Green was busy vamping his way across European stages. Dawsons Remember That I Love You, on the other hand, runs loops around Greens recent attempts at musical satire.
At first glance, Dawsons simple tunes come off shallow and pointless, but on closer inspection the singalong likes of "Loose Lips," "If you want to burn yourself / If you want to cut yourself / If you want to kill yourself / Remember that I love you," coupled with the albums several mentions of her mothers sickness (like "Caving Ins" sigh of, "My mom cries all the time / because shes afraid of dying") give Remember a sense of gravity that Green could never muster.
Silly as it may get, there are moments where Dawsons earnestness crosses over into undeniable truth. Singing, "Broken hearts hurt / But they make you strong," you realize she really means it and you cant argue with that. Considering Greens lame Jacket Full of Danger, this round undeniably goes to Dawson.