Colleen Green: I Want to Grow Up

L.A. songwriter summons the fuzzed-out spirit of the Nineties

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After making her name with a string of home-recorded releases — boasting excellent titles like Milo Goes to Compton — Los Angeles songwriter Colleen Green takes her wispy, lovelorn vignettes into a real studio on I Want to Grow Up. She kisses off her twenties with fuzz-pop guitars and breathy sighs in the Nineties mode of Juliana Hatfield or the Muffs. The boy she yearns for is a "Wild One," but when she grabs hold of him, she finds she can't "Pay Attention." So she'd rather spend her nights with "TV." Her best shot is the punked-up "Grind My Teeth" — it turns out the only one of these boys worth her time is the one who stresses her out all night.