Adam Goldberg is a Hollywood actor that you know – you just might not know that he’s called Adam Goldberg. He was in Saving Private Ryan but wasn’t Tom Hanks; in Entourage but wasn’t in the entourage; in Friends but wasn’t a friend. For his second album (his first was under the name LANDy) he’s obviously landed the lead role, and seems to be playing the part of early-70s, paranoid-era John Lennon as he presents slightly psychedelic, often sad acoustic pop. The piano waltz of ‘The Difference Between’ is a particularly strong point in case (“Today is a fine example of clinical depression,” is starts), while ‘The Heart Grows Fonder’ is a twin of ‘#9 Dream’. There’s even a song about Goldberg’s mum on here, called ‘Mother Please’. And like a bulk of Lennon’s solo work, it’s nice enough but rarely truly dazzling.

By Stuart Stubbs

Originally published in issue 26 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. March 2011

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