Colleen Green is endlessly cool, as she has proven over three albums, all adorned with her ever-present sunglasses and references to old Descendants records. 2015's I Want to Grow Up, her last record of punk-tinged guitar pop, set expectations high for her follow-up, expectations that Green has been all too happy to put aside. Apart from 2019's full-length cover of Blink 182's Dude Ranch, Green has been largely quiet in the intervening six years.
Is Cool, the new album by Colleen Green a concept album? I think it is. The release starts with a paranoid track called "Someone else" where the subject thinks her boyfriend is double dealing. In fact, the track opens with a coldly spoken "he has someone else/they all do," while a low rumbling bass drives forward.
Cool by Colleen Green Cool tells its stories with an eyebrow arched, not exactly ecstatic about the way things are, but not very surprised. Colleen Green hasn't made an album in six years, so she's moved on considerably from I Want to Grow Up. Her latest is crisp, clear, well-played and self-contained, thanks in part to big time producer Gordon Raphael (who has worked with The Strokes and Regina Spektor).