David Browne
February 28, 2005 AT 05:00 AM EST

Gemstones

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Adam Green
Producers
Rough Trade

We gave it a D

On his third album, the former Moldy Peaches frontman resumes his very self-conscious quest to become our most subversive balladeer — Neil Diamond with attitude. Beyond his lounge-singer baritone and maddening music-hall ditties are glib references to oral sex, women’s body parts, alt bands (wow — he just mentioned the drummer in the Strokes!), Johnny Depp, and a ”chubby princess” who’ll bust your mattress. His indie-circuit friends will be amused, but no one else will.

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