Album Review: Colleen Green – I Want To Grow Up


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So-Cal native, Colleen Green, is back with I Want To Grow Up. Her sophomore album follows her record Milo Goes to Compton and manages to capture the fear most have in the realities of growing up.

Greene is known for making lyrics that in melody sound sweet and kind, but when focused are deep, much similar to the way Lily Allen creates songs.

With massive repetitive drums and synth guitar Green’s, “Deeper Than Love,” conveys how truly and intensely claustrophobic she feels or felt while writing about the struggles of growing up. The song is an example of themes and ideas all young people are guilty of participating in: the concept of a society that is engrossed and obsessed with fast pace and technology; rather than facing responsibilities of adulthood such as bills, careers, home owning, and taxes. She unleashes each fear as though there is a reflection to take on.

Through a few of Green’s music on this album such as “Wild One” and “Some People,” the summertime-ready melodies draw obvious similarities to the sounds and mixing of Best Coast. However the lyrics are what truly contrast Green from Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino. Rather than whining and dwelling on a love of the past for an eternity, Green handles her issues in more mature of a fashion. Green focuses on improving her self and moving forward, instead of waiting fir someone to save her life. She is expressing how to be her own hero.

I Want to Grow Up concerns the aspirations and hopes for a stable future without definitely guaranteeing a happy destiny to all. The album also tells the brutally honest truth, which is that everyone’s real conflict when they’re young is primarily created within themselves. In, “I can do whatever I want,” Green rages on about the ridiculousness of society and their obsessions with growing up. Her advice in this track is that there is evidently no rush to do so.

Green is tired of being immature, insecure, irresponsible, careless, and selfish. She wants to reassure not only her audience but to her self that she will organize her life and be content with how it ends up. In “What’s going to become of my life,” Green howls the opening track of I Want to Grow Up, as foreshadow for the album as a whole. The track is shouts out a call to acceptance. Instead of being a teenage adult, Green is willing to accept the accountability of adulthood. I Want to Grow Up in a way is a love letter from Green to her self to move forward and away from the painful and agitating experiences in her life.

At the age of 30 Green fully acknowledges that this album is not a method of telling the world she has nothing else to learn. The album unfolds that Green is fully aware of the teaching she still needs and it proves she is also opening her self to learn and become responsible, even if she does take a juvenile approach to situations at times.

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