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The Goldberg Sisters
The Goldberg Sisters The Goldberg Sisters

Released 1 April 2011

Adam Goldberg,
Aaron Espinoza

Apology Music/
Play It Again Sam
Length 52:06
Genre Alt rock
Website www.thegoldbergsisters.com

Adam Goldberg isn’t a name that immediately springs to mind when you think of Hollywood leading men, he’s had a number of notable movie parts in his career with roles in big budget movies like Saving Private Ryan and Zodiac. However his career defining moments have come from two memorable roles; as Mike Newhouse the nerd who stands up for himself with disastrous consequences in Dazed and Confused and as Eddie, Chandler’s demented, fruit-dehydrating roommate in Friends. Behind the neurotic character actor lies a musical talent that first surfaced under the pseudonym of LANDy with 2009’s Eros And Omissions. Due to a number of unfortunate connotations (including a Taiwanese pop star, a brand of cognac and an insurance company) Goldberg ditched the LANDy moniker and has released his eponymous second album under the name The Goldberg Sisters.

Okay, a quick background to the new name; The Goldberg Sisters refers to Adam and his imagined (yes, imagined!) twin sister Celeste, who is supposedly the brains behind the music and who looks suspiciously like Adam. For further clarification on the issue check out ‘I’m Okay, Your EPK’ on his website (www.adamgoldbergdilettante.com) where you get an interview with both Adam and Celeste, done in split screen, showing Goldberg is able to take the piss out of himself and his modest celebrity status.

On to the music, the tendency for actors that cross over as recording artists is to release material that is generally safe and a little uninspired (see Russell Crowe’s band 30 Odd Foot Of Grunt or either of Scarlett Johansson’s lacklustre albums), thankfully Goldberg is willing to buck the trend by paying homage to the classics while simultaneously pushing the boundaries for a nice mix of weird and wonderful. The album opens with the psychedelic 'The Room' with Goldberg sounding like a modern day Donovan; dreamy vocals over acoustic guitar while 'Shush/Ooh La La' with its brass section and snarling vocals sounds like vintage Bowie.

On the more experimental side of things, 'Don’t Grow' starts out as a folk number with lyrics punctuated by recurring violin slides but after six minutes it descends into an eerie assortment of sounds, slowed down laughter and backward messages. 'You’re Beautiful When You Die' is perfect in its simplicity; just Goldberg, a piano and some lo-fi recording equipment, the song slinks along with a melancholic tone before petering out to the looped phrase ‘when you die’. These moments just show that Goldberg is making music to entertain himself as much as anyone else.

There were many things that won me over with this album; the strong song writing, the quirky experimental side, the fact that it feels like a personal project rather than an attempt to make money. But perhaps the best thing about it is not having to qualify my recommendation of it by saying ‘this is great music... for an actor’. This is great music, full stop.

- Brian Kinsella