Anthony Green
Boom. Done.


4.2
excellent

Review

by Rowan5215 STAFF
July 18th, 2022 | 76 replies


Release Date: 07/22/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Someone once told me to share what makes you feel most embarrassed or ashamed and the shame will die in the light of exposure. These songs are a part of that exposure."

Written after a stay in rehab in 2020, Boom. Done. is a deceptively lighthearted title for an uncompromising and forthright look into Anthony Green's dark night of the soul. His recent diagnosis of bipolar disorder alongside longtime struggles with addiction provide plenty of fuel for a seemingly grim fire, but let's be clear, this is a fully textured album of shades light and dark in tandem. The stark colours of the drawing on the cover hint at the darker tones hit upon as the album chronicles some of the darkest times of Green's life, including what would appear to be a suicide attempt ("2022"), but the album finds him asserting his will to live and keep creating music in spite of this. "I don't wanna go out and get high" is repeated like a mantra on "So It Goes", and this declaration of resilience carries through, to a closing three-song stretch that ranks among the best music Green has made with any project.

"It's not about my relationship with drugs or people, it's about my relationship with myself." There's a fascinating dichotomy at play between this quote from Green in the album bio and the obviously collaborative nature of Boom. Done., down to it being marketed as the first album featuring The High and Driving Band, made up of Keith Goodwin and Tim Arnold of Good Old War, since an EP preceding Green's solo debut Avalon. One can almost sense him gathering together close friends and collaborators for a support system which bleeds through onto the album, similar to Josh Homme after his own near-death experience before ...Like Clockwork. Whatever the process, there's a warmth and gentleness underlying even the most aggressive moments here which stands in obvious contrast to the stark loneliness of Would You Still Be in Love. The decision to coat Boom. Done. with horns and brass was a stroke of genius; the album alternates between a hazy autumnal blur and technicolour explosion almost every other song, but always in service of the grit and emotion Green is conveying with the song at hand.

It's a tone and texture we've never heard Anthony Green sing over before, gently hinted at by the reworked Would You Still Be With Strings album, but the man sounds as good as ever whether belting at the top of his lungs on instant classic "I Don't Want to Die Tonight" or staying gently reserved on the dreamy A Dream About Love/Death-recalling "Maybe This Will Be the One". He works in R&B-leaning hooks on "Center of it All" and "Pleasure of the Feast", even recalling the energy of Circa Survive's best choruses on the addictive "Trading Doses", without ever losing the album's emotional thread. It's a powerhouse performance, some of his best vocals and most sincere lyrics in tandem, a true catharsis that sounds like the artist drawing poison out of his self to trap it on the album tapes. Lightyears away from the time and style of that first Soasin EP, Green remains one of the most versatile and engaging performers alive, seemingly over literally any style he chooses to master.



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Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2022


46709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

this kinda deserves a better review but an attempt was made. shit is absolutely killer



https://anthonygreen.bandcamp.com/album/boom-done

Cormano
July 18th 2022


3610 Comments


nice

Cormano
July 18th 2022


3610 Comments


lol I was so ready to dive into it then I saw it drops on friday

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 18th 2022


46709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

oh yeah. prolly shoulda mentioned that. this drops friday

Alondite
July 18th 2022


421 Comments


I very much want to hear this

Feather
July 18th 2022


8398 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Now I am bummed I can't listen to this right this second. Didnt realize this would be a full album. I thought this was just a handful of singles or an ep. Really excited to check it out ... I knew Green had had a tough few years. I hope making this album helped him get through it a bit.

dbizzles
July 18th 2022


15025 Comments


Vonnegut reference in first track name = I bought 3 copies

EDIT - I lied

SteakByrnes
July 18th 2022


27409 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

antonio green

dbizzles
July 18th 2022


15025 Comments


Great review, looking forward to this. This also got me excited:
The decision to coat Boom. Done. with horns and brass was a stroke of genius

alamo
July 18th 2022


5150 Comments


antônio verde

alamo
July 18th 2022


5150 Comments


ep is sweet looking forward to this

Nbehre11
July 18th 2022


258 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very jealous at the early listen - stoked for Friday!

nash1311
July 18th 2022


4484 Comments


If I didn't like his first two solo albums.... will I like this maybe?

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2022


46709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

it's pretty different from those. depends what you disliked about the first 2 i suppose

nash1311
July 19th 2022


4484 Comments


How close musically is it to Circa? If any

onionbubs
July 19th 2022


16099 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so excited for this. the singles ruled



wonderful review as always rowbro

Asura14
July 19th 2022


477 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"lol I was so ready to dive into it then I saw it drops on friday"



same, going by the singles this should be great

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
July 19th 2022


46709 Comments

Album Rating: 4.2

"How close musically is it to Circa? If any"



not all that much, apart from Maybe kinda feeling like an EP song with horns on top. the whole style is pretty far removed from Circa

Odal
July 19th 2022


1216 Comments


I'm really looking forward to this. I've largely enjoyed his solo work, but I do feel like some of his fire was lost in his solo work after Beautiful Things. The singles for this seemed to be a really nice return to form and have me thinking it'll be his best since. Sucks that he's gone through such a hard time. I really hope he's found a way to be at peace

gravityswitch
July 19th 2022


1139 Comments


that title is mega cringe



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