The Green Pajamas

This Is Where We Disappear

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This Is Where We Disappear Review

by Richie Unterberger

Treading the ground between paisley pop and more standard alternative rock, the Green Pajamas deliver a nice set of wistful indie pop on This Is Where We Disappear, even if as usual it's not as personal or varied as singer/songwriter Jeff Kelly's solo work. Though Kelly's American, there's a British folk-rock feel to some of his melodies and imagery, what with mysterious, evanescent women and a song about "The Moorland Ghost." Kelly's fragile yet conviction-ridden voice is well-suited for such material, though the band backup is more serviceable than imaginative, with a bit of an over-reliance on fuzz guitars. When the emphasis shifts to piano that alternates between jazz and a McCartney-type bounce on "French to Japanese," for instance, the unexpected new musical color does much to sustain interest. Still, as is characteristic for Kelly, these are nice sounds for introverted, but not despairing, moods, approaching spookiness on the parts of "Sweet Moth/36 Envelopes" with disembodied vocals.

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