“This is a big mistake.”
These are the first words sung by Anthony Green that we’ve heard in months (is this what you have to tell us?). But in his crazy high-pitched vocals, which are unique to say the least, it’s rather not a blunder.
“Big Mistake” is a track off the next installment of Green’s solo work and yet to be released, Beautiful Things. And while our blue-eyed darling is busy with his main effort Circa Survive, this will have to hold us over. On his web page he says the song was “recorded this winter in the same house that we recorded Avalon in, with producer Jason Cupp and Good Old War.”
Green sings as his usual self, which isn’t something that needs too much improvement. The folk sound is still there, although admittedly this track seems more country in its backbeat. If this instrumentation is provided by Good Old War, it fits the song so well that you could listen to it numerous times in a row and you’ll still like it. It’s a nice addition to the Anthony Green collection and as an added bonus, you can download it for free.
So what’s the difference between this and Avalon? Like you, music journalists ask themselves this question, “Is it a growth for the artist?” Well, it depends on the direction you think they should go and where they have been. Nobody likes to hear the same things over and over again, unless of course you like certain distracting flashy pop artists (and if so, excuse me). See, there is another factor here that involves Avalon: was it a bust or a pleasure? It was nonetheless interesting, a quality debut, and had catchy songs. But the joy didn’t extend months after the purchase. You visit it time and time again, but it wasn’t the best record of 2008.
Here are the differences between then and now. For one, it is much louder. Obviously I can’t speak for the rest of the record but “Big Mistake” is more rock even with an acoustic. Let’s face it- the acoustic gets old after a while, no matter how good your songs are. The outro features guitar work that isn’t just chords but dare I say more banjo, Mumford & Sons style. It also has a 60’s chill vibe, minus all the acid and hippie dancing. Also, don’t expect a song titled “Big Mistake” and think it’s going for positivity. To be fair, most of Avalon was songs about being in love (i.e. “She Loves Me So,” “Dear Child,” and “Babygirl”), and they were positive and cutesy. In that moment of Green’s life, why not? He was married and children were on the way. “Big Mistake” does not take this positive direction. After all it’s not I who made a big mistake, it’s you who did.
However, the reaction to this song is love or hate. Here’s why: the vocals after the intro. They become encased in an echo and you can’t help but wonder a few things. Where did they record this- in a shower? Are there gang vocals here? You really can’t tell and it kind of makes the lyrics hard to hear. This doesn’t ruin the song completely however. In a way, it works.
Overall, “Big Mistake” leaves a good impression (and since we all hope for good music) and let’s hope Beautiful Things will too.