Green

Green

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Green's self-titled album was a pretty average, somewhat naïve late-'60s pop-psychedelic effort. The influence of late-'60s British psychedelia was evident in some of the wistful songwriting and the use of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band-influenced horns and reeds; "Have You Ever?" even has a lyric referring to Sgt. Pepper's band. There were also traces of West Coast folk-rock and psychedelia in some of the guitar work, melodies, and harmonies; "Sunrise #7," for instance, sounds a little like a formative Stephen Stills or Neil Young composition from the Buffalo Springfield days. But as good as the inspirations from which the band drew were, the all-original material didn't craft or blend these into something memorable or distinctive. There's also a somewhat low-energy, reserved feel to the performances (particularly in the vocals) that works against the effectiveness to some extent; mild pop-psychedelia can be nice, but it sure helps if there's some forceful conviction and emotion in the execution. [The CD reissue on Fallout adds four acetate demos of songs that were re-recorded for the LP.]

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