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EDITORS’ NOTES

In between Anthony Green’s 2008 debut album, Avalon, and his 2012 sophomore outing, Beautiful Things, the prolific singer/songwriter got married and fathered a son. It shouldn't come as a surprise that these songs reflect a newfound optimism, starting with “If I Don’t Sing.” In this densely layered rock tune, Green admits that the only thing that could make him unhappy amid these life changes would be if he somehow couldn't sing about them. In the similarly exuberant “Just To Feel Alive,” he sounds like a higher-pitched Conor Oberst, churning out a dazzling choir of self-harmonized vocals that gel together with a sprawling sonic panorama. He even sings a song directly to his son with “Lullaby”: a waltzing bedtime ballad that’s more endearing than precious. Aware that too much sunshine can cause sickness, Green delivers the dark and angsty rocker “Can’t Have It All at Once” and the moody, dub-dappled “When I’m on Pills.” “Soul 4 My Soul” on the deluxe version is a sunny standout.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In between Anthony Green’s 2008 debut album, Avalon, and his 2012 sophomore outing, Beautiful Things, the prolific singer/songwriter got married and fathered a son. It shouldn't come as a surprise that these songs reflect a newfound optimism, starting with “If I Don’t Sing.” In this densely layered rock tune, Green admits that the only thing that could make him unhappy amid these life changes would be if he somehow couldn't sing about them. In the similarly exuberant “Just To Feel Alive,” he sounds like a higher-pitched Conor Oberst, churning out a dazzling choir of self-harmonized vocals that gel together with a sprawling sonic panorama. He even sings a song directly to his son with “Lullaby”: a waltzing bedtime ballad that’s more endearing than precious. Aware that too much sunshine can cause sickness, Green delivers the dark and angsty rocker “Can’t Have It All at Once” and the moody, dub-dappled “When I’m on Pills.” “Soul 4 My Soul” on the deluxe version is a sunny standout.

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About Anthony Green

With his high-pitched vocals and prolific songwriting, singer Anthony Green had a hand in many bands throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer, Saosin, Circa Survive, the Sound of Animals Fighting, and several smaller projects. Green was born and raised in Philadelphia, where he joined Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer in the late '90s before relocating to Southern California in 2003. There, he briefly joined the screamo outfit Saosin but ultimately left before the band signed to Capitol Records. He resurfaced with Circa Survive and remained with the group throughout the decade's latter half, during which period he also launched a solo career with the release of 2008's Avalon. In between the release of his debut solo album and 2012's Beautiful Things, Green went through some major life changes, including getting married and having a son. These personal shifts greatly influenced the songwriting and musical direction of his sophomore solo outing, with a deep focus on family, fatherhood, and devotional love. In 2013, Green inaugurated his own label, Moshtradamus Records, by releasing his third album, Young Legs, which peaked at number 67 on the Billboard 200. In 2016, Green issued his fourth studio long-player, Pixie Queen, which included the hit single "You'll Be Fine." ~ Andrew Leahey

  • ORIGIN
    Philadelphia, PA
  • BORN
    Apr 15, 1982

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