Colleen Green: Cool (2021)
There's some relatively straightforward buzzy guitar pop here, just twisted enough to avoid falling into the trap of comfortably familiar hooks (the infectious opener "Someone Else," the punchy "It's Nice To Be Nice," the Stooges updating of "I Wanna Be A Dog"). The terrific "How Much Should You Love A Husband" blends Phair and girl-group pop and turns it into amped-up power pop, while the hushed "Highway" feels almost like Sleater-Kinney cooling down after a late night. Her vocals are deceptively sweet, whispered come-ons with a hint of snark.
At barely half an hour (including a provocatively titled instrumental to close things out), it's almost more EP than LP, Green checking in just long enough to lay down some unpredictable tunes; but its brevity also invites you to give it a second spin to pick up on some subtle touches.
Here's the video for "It's Nice To Be Nice":...and "I Want To Be A Dog":...and "Highway":
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