A. Greene's delightful Nothin' Like a Pity Party is best enjoyed with your favorite drink.
Sometimes you just need a good pop song to get you through the day, and in the Year of Our Lord 2016 it can be harder and harder to justify writing a slice-of-life tune from a new perspective. The quest for a good, yet simple song can take a lifetime and fall short with disappointment (accounting for armies of bands writing discographies of songs entirely about writing songs). But when you finally find it, you have unlocked a short and sweet key to getting other members of the human race through even the hardest of days. Nothin' Like a Pity Party by Tucson, Arizona’s country-tinged singer A. Greene does not fall short in this endeavor. Her songs are upbeat even when mellow, and combine a surprising layering of joy and sadness over the different trials and tribulations of just being alive, and more importantly being alive with other people. Also, beyond just the ability to write a good song, this talented spirit can sing with the best of 'em.
“Tequila Song” is what I have been waiting for my whole life: a twangy tune about having fun with a drink sung by someone who's not an asshole. A lot of country songs seem to be full of douchebag dudes who don’t know how to be aware of the space they take up, but this is just a friendly invitation to have a real good time with your friends somewhere down South. It's easy to get the idea that “Chevy Sparks” is about relationships that do not turn out the way we want them. But this song, instead of being a sad ballad to drown emotions in, uses the melodies to comfort the listener. The swaying of the song wraps around you and says, “I have been there too, and you aren’t alone.” “Sadison” is on the other side of the equation, maybe about coming to terms with feelings you are not overly proud of, and the pangs of guilt that take a while to fade, if they ever do. Greene sings, "Oh I'm sorry that I did it / but I know sorry ain't worth shit / She was a friend and I was a faker, baby, and I won't soon forget it." The best way to come out of a song exploring guilt is to follow it with one that shows a little teeth. “Rich Girls” is an exploration of the blue collar working identity throwing a middle finger at those kids who don’t seem to ever have to work because their parents bankroll them. “Before The Ink Dries” closes out the album with a lamentation about surviving abusive situations but not quite seeming to be able to kick them out of your life. It can be hard because those folks and situations can be addictive, and it's nice to have something to sing along to when you aren’t quit out yet and need someone to keep you company. A. Greene is a great songwriter, and Nothin' Like a Pity Party has some great tracks and melodies running through it and is best enjoyed with your choice of tequila.
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