The Green Pajamas, Box of Secrets: Northern Gothic 2

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

While the Green Pajamas began as a neo-psych outfit ready and willing to join the Paisley Underground, Jeff Kelly and Joe Ross (and many others) have transformed the group over the years to include all manner of influences and songwriting strategies. Box of Secrets: Northern Gothic 2 is a classic example of their latter-day work, winding its way through the light crunch of "Wild Pony," the sophisto-pop stylings of "Walk Hard" and the title track's willfully lo-fi charm. In the end, though, it's all shot through with the Pajamas 'trademark attention to detail: the arrangements are impeccable and the musicianship excellent. They may never see the fame of the mid '80s, but that doesn't bother them much. These 40-something tunesmiths are busy crafting their legacy.