Concert preview: Anthony Green sings about action even when his songs meander

By Columbus Alive
From the December 5, 2013 edition

Circa Survive frontman and Pennsylvania native Anthony Green generally flashes a more tender side in his solo guise. His latest album Young Legs is no exception. The music is lush and enveloping, and Green largely eschews guitar for piano, which lends the songs a more fragile, contemplative quality. Yes, the singer’s helium-high voice is still a love-it-or-hate-it proposition (dude could launch a nice side career doing voiceover work in children’s cartoons), though it’s considerably toned down on mellower turns like “I’ll Miss You.”

While the music tends to be slower, Green’s words often convey a sense of urgency. He pulls himself free from a damaging relationship on simmering lead single “Breaker,” and advises listeners to “live it up every moment” on another song. True, he leaves some time for reflection (“Conversation Piece” provides space for precisely that), but in spite of the laid-back pacing these are largely songs about action.

Dave Davison of Maps & Atlases and Psychic Babble open the show.

Lisa Johnson photo