LANDy 

Eros and Omissions

There are certain people doing so much in their lives that you pause to wonder why you've accomplished so little. Adam Goldberg is one such mega-achiever. Goldberg is an actor (TV's Entourage and The Unusuals, Saving Private Ryan), director (Running with the Bulls, Scotch and Milk), and a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. LANDy is his vehicle for the latter, and Eros and Omissions is a collection of assorted recordings from 2002 to 2008. It's not "another" vanity project from an actor dabbling in music. This lad has talent, he does. Vocally, Goldberg has a delicate, breathy-wispy, sweet-subtly sarcastic voice similar to Game Theory/Loud Family main-guy Scott Miller and Apples in Stereo's Robert Schneider.

Musically, he sounds as if he's enamored of the very produced, made-in-the-studio pop of the Beatles, Todd Rundgren, XTC (think Oranges & Lemons, Dukes of the Stratosphear), and Doug Powell, leaning toward the aforementioned in their dreamy/psychedelic modes. "I Believe in Jack," with its Phil Spector-ian chorus and dramatic orchestral-style swells, could be an outtake from the Beatles' Let It Be sessions. The lush, majestic (dig that Royal-sounding brass and clanging bell) "BFF!" is the last great hit by Electric Light Orchestra that never was.

But it's not slavish recreations Goldberg is after — the loping, surreally creepy "Home" and the bitterly dissonant, sarcasm-laden "Your Words Not Mine" reveals he's channeling those influences into something of his own. His lyrics are witty, too. Don't hate him because he's talented, not with such an enjoyable album as this. (Apology Music)

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