The first song on Adam Marsland’s 20-song collection from his solo career and his former band, Cockeyed Ghost, is called “My Kickass Life.” Marsland ain’t kidding: He used to share a practice space with Weezer; Cockeyed Ghost appeared in a made-for-TV movie, and opened for Third Eye Blind and Shonen Knife; and his solo career is quickly becoming another success story about a musician supporting himself without the backing of a “real” label.
The actual song is definitely kickass. It begins with a country sensibility transmitted with punk-rock vigor, and by the chorus, that vigor sweetens into pure pop. Marsland combines the satirical glee of Brian Kenney Fresno or Jonathan Richman with the pop enthusiasm of Fountains of Wayne– he’s one of those songwriters who’s able to write a lyrical and melodic hook every 10 minutes.
Not all songs stand out as much as the above-mentioned song. But the best of Marsland’s greatest hits are pretty great– and they’re helping Marsland to continue having a kickass life.