Release Date: Apr 12, 2011
Record label: PIAS
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
The eponymous new album by the Goldberg Sisters (aka Adam Goldberg) may be somewhat of a novelty disc, one of those music ventures by an actor equated with quirky television (e.g., he starred as the title character the made for TV flick The Hebrew Hammer, for which he also contributed a song) and film (I Love Your Work, Dazed and Confused) projects, but it is also appealingly adventurous and opulently beautiful music. It has the space age vibe of those ‘70s glam albums—think David Bowie and Mott the Hoople—and sounds pleasingly retro without being fey. Goldberg takes the joke seriously.
In 1987, a gifted actor riding high on a string of well received films and a hit TV series set out on a path that would, so the plan went, push his career into the stratosphere. Assembling a crack team of musicians in an LA studio, the actor started work on a debut album intended to cement his burgeoning stardom and demonstrate to the world that he was more than a mere actor. He was an Artist - a renaissance man, unconstrained by expectation and free to turn his hand to any number of disciplines with one pure aim - the honest investigation of the human condition.
Saving Private Ryan star releases an intriguing album of warmly enveloping indie-pop. Mike Diver 2011 Saving Private Ryan’s Adam Goldberg is no stranger to releasing music: the actor put out an album as LANDy back in 2009. That was a patchwork of disparate tracks completed across a six-year period, but definitely displayed promise. And that promise has become clearer on this debut as The Goldberg Sisters, where Adam is joined by – a pinch of salt might be required, here – a twin named Celeste for a rewarding indie-pop set that’s as warm and comforting as a hot water bottle at the end of a bed.
The Goldberg Sisters’ eponymous debut album could just as easily have been called “The Goldberg Variations” had Bach not claimed that title back in 1741 for his 30 harpsichord variations on an aria, an enduring work still recorded and performed today. For there are no actual Goldberg Sisters – at least not on this disc. Rather, it is the latest twist, or variation, on the career of the prolific 40-year-old actor (Saving Private Ryan), director, screenwriter, and aspiring musician Adam Goldberg.