Anthony Green
Avalon


2.0
poor

Review

by tombits USER (16 Reviews)
January 4th, 2010 | 29 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Avalon isn’t a reflection upon Green as an artist, but merely a misstep in his already stellar career.

There are some things in this world that seem like they’re destined to be together. Honey and butter, the sun and the moon (and with that said, Aaron Weiss and poetry), Channing Freeman and Adam Downer; these combinations reek of divine construction, because they just seem so… right. Well, before the release of Avalon, I would have said the same could have been applied to Anthony Green and folk music. With the voice of an angel, an ear for melody and a bucket load of songwriting talent, a solo record from this man would have been anyone’s pick for album of the year. Alas, it seems that Anthony might not be – at least in terms of the genre – the musical genius we all presumed him to be.

Let me get this straight: Avalon is a bloated, disjointed mess. With twenty songs and a runtime that nearly hits the ninety minute mark, this “album” could be considered an anthology of sorts, comprising of recordings that span a large chunk of Green’s successful career. Some of the more dedicated fans might recognize some of the tracks from previous material, such as the reworked High and Driving demos (all of which are worse save “The First Day of Work at the Microscope Store”) or the tried and true “Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying to Reach You)”. However, the main attraction of Avalon rests in the eleven completely new songs that open the record, and to a [much] lesser extent, the four raw demos taped to the end.

With the exception of the formerly mentioned “Dear Child”, these new tracks are almost exclusively rooted in folk. Assisted by the three talented boys from the Good Old War, Green incorporates their warm acoustic grooves and casual, accented drumming quite decently; this inoffensive instrumental approach does well to emphasize his gorgeous, soaring vocals, which are without a doubt the highlight here. Unfortunately, not even a beautiful voice can save the fact that the music here is – for lack of a better term – boring. This fact becomes increasingly obvious when listening through the album, simply because tracks three to eight are so incredibly homogenous that they melt together into one extended, cutesy folk song that sounds lovely but does nothing to hold your interest.

That isn’t to say that all of these songs are worthless. “Drugdealer” is a slow, swaying number that combines acoustic guitars with Green’s wistful crooning wonderfully, whilst “Slow Down (Long Time Coming)” provides a tantalizingly short indication of what Avalon could have been, full of energy and a bright harmonica part that is sure to yield consecutive listens. Sadly, someone should have informed Anthony that quality doesn’t necessarily equal quantity, because the amount of filler here (“Springtime Out the Van Window”, “Califone”) drags this album down well into the dark depths of mediocrity. The very fact that the original High and Driving demos – a set of four raw songs that begun to circulate the internet in 2004 – are four of the stand outs on this release speaks volumes.

If you are a fan of Anthony Green, then you will in all likelihood extrapolate a lot of enjoyable listening from this record. If you aren’t familiar with his music then this definitely isn’t the place to start, and if you loath him already then this sure as hell won’t change your opinion. Don’t worry though, all hope is not lost for the "scene king" yet; Avalon isn’t a reflection upon Green as an artist, but merely a misstep in his already stellar career.



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tombits
January 4th 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Thought I may as well do a negative review for this. The only reason this isn't a two is because of the extra material that raises it to par, like the High and Driving demos. Also, it's late so there's probably a lot of mistakes, pointing them out would be much appreciated.

Mordecai.
January 4th 2010


8279 Comments


Really good review. Pos. I love Translating the Name and enjoy Circa Survive so i'm gonna go ahead and get this.

tombits
January 4th 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Yeah you may as well, there's some decent songs here.

Actually fuck it, it's going down to a two.

Mordecai.
January 4th 2010


8279 Comments


This fact becomes increasingly obvious when listening though the album


should be through

ART36
January 4th 2010


155 Comments


I own the record, but I wouldn't recommend it to anybody who isn't a huge Anthony Green fan (early Saosin, Circa Survive, The Sounds of Animals Fighting, etc.) .

scotish
January 4th 2010


835 Comments


your summary and the last line of your first paragraph are kinda contradicting each other. other than
that, good review!

edit: ugh I negged this by accident, sorry man >_< I'll ask the mods to go clean it up

HighandDriving
January 4th 2010


3288 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I negged it on purpose, you didn't spend enough time talking about Green's sexiness.

WatchItExplode
January 4th 2010


3261 Comments


someone should have informed Anthony that quality doesn’t necessarily equal quantity

^^ strike that, reverse it...I have no interest in Green but will pos in the interest of balance

cirq
January 4th 2010


9264 Comments


I'm an anthony green fanboy

Thompsonhunt
January 4th 2010


279 Comments


but merely a misstep in his already stellar career.

lol

tombits
January 4th 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

your summary and the last line of your first paragraph are kinda contradicting each other.

The summary is discussing his discography as opposed to his ability to write music (and folk in particular) but I see your point, thanks man. Also, you should be able to click "Yes" and it should change your vote!

I negged it on purpose, you didn't spend enough time talking about Green's sexiness.

Well that's just silly and hurtful!

I'm an anthony green fanboy

Me too, making this even more of a bitter disappointment.

lol

Don't lol, just pos.

po0ty
January 4th 2010


489 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I liked this album more than I thought I would. I just ignore the last half of it I'm not sure why he put all that shit on it.

Society Sellout
January 4th 2010


292 Comments


I really dislike Anthony Green, his hype is unwarranted and it pisses me off.

Anthony Green is the Edward Cullen of the alternative music scene.

tombits
January 5th 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

You can't deny he's somewhat talented though.

scotish
January 5th 2010


835 Comments


I did pos it, but it just went from '1 out of 2' to '2 out of 3' : /

MichaelTheos
January 5th 2010


21 Comments


I consider devil's song to be the last song on the cd, completely love this cd as well.

Society Sellout
January 5th 2010


292 Comments


You can't deny he's somewhat talented though.


I cannot. Though I doubt Twilight is a god awful book either, it's the saturation that makes it unbearable.

tombits
January 6th 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I completely agree with you there, although the novel itself actually is a piece of shit not worth your time.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 6th 2010


17920 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

yeah this album sux

adam downer and i go together like michael scott and toby flenderson

tombits
January 6th 2010


3470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

so basically i'm never doing a negative review again



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