-- JEFF ECHERT
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Sixes & amp; Sevens
& lt;span class= & quot;dropcap & quot; & L & lt;/span & ong known for having music's pottiest of potty mouths, Green discards much of his typically juvenile nonsense on these 20 tracks (totaling less than 50 minutes). While retaining the characteristically simple song structures, Green manages to expand his own sense of worldliness. Though still a neo-folkie-type, he seems equally comfortable in the role of crooner.
At the heart of this album, Green reveals that he's an optimist. The pure songs move deftly through whimsy and tragedy with equal, up-tempo acoustic strums. These can be a bit disorienting if you're coming from Green's most recent work, but the new songs make a case for his increasing maturity: His self-assurance often comes across as grating and irreverent while somehow remaining childlike and innocent. There's lots to like on Sixes & amp; Sevens. Try "Tropical Island," "When A Pretty Face," and "Getting Led." A definite step forward.
-- CAREY MURPHY
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