Adam Green & Binki Shapiro
Adam Green & Binki Shapiro - ROUNDER/CONCORD
FILTER Grade: 82%
By Clare R. Lopez on January 31, 2013
Pulling off a “his” and “hers” duet is not as simple as it may seem. As anyone who has ever witnessed a karaoke rendition of “I Got You, Babe” can attest, a lackluster performance can easily sound cheesy and fall flat. As with any musical partnership, chemistry is essential to a vocal pairing. And on their full-length collaboration, friends Adam Green and Binki Shapiro make quite the duo. Set to soft, vintage pop refrains, his deep resonance and her lullaby croon effortlessly complement one another. While Green and Shapiro write about romantic tribulations, they avoid overdoing it by keeping these tracks brief and letting each other’s vocals stand out—Shapiro sings the whimsical “Casanova” alone and backs up Green on “Pity Love.” But the most compelling songs, like “Pleasantries” and “What’s the Reward,” are those where they paint a picture together. Who knew breaking up could sound so charming?