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The Horrible Crowes - Elsie

Number of Discs
1
Release Date
09/06/2011
Artist
The Horrible Crowes
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
SideOneDummy
Duration
00:45:49

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Fans tend to tout Brian Fallon as punk rock’s very own Bruce Springsteen, with songs that split the difference between the Boss’ heartland rock and New Jersey’s 21st century punk revival. The Springsteen similarities don’t stop with Elsie, the first release from Fallon’s Horrible Crowes side project, but they’re less evident; if anything, these songs sound less like the product of Born to Run-era E Street Band and more like Springsteen’s solo ruminations circa Nebraska. The music is smoky and slow-moving, with sparse, acoustic-heavy arrangements replacing the Gaslight Anthem’s tattooed electric stomp. Of course, everything is filtered through Fallon’s punk rock instincts, meaning many of the tunes begin as ballads before building themselves into something louder, with Fallon switching from a rumbling baritone to a gritty semi-scream. The Gaslight Anthem’s guitar tech, Ian Perkins, handles bass and slide guitar, and a handful of guest musicians add mood elements like trumpet, timpani, and accordion. Still, Elsie functions best as a display of Fallon’s underused bottom register and acoustic songwriting skills, proving that slowing things down once in a while can still be a punk rock move. ~ Andrew Leahey

1) Last Rites (01:27)
2) Sugar (04:53)
3) Behold the Hurricane (04:03)
4) I Witnessed a Crime (03:05)
5) Go Tell Everybody (04:17)
6) Cherry Blossoms (04:07)
7) Ladykiller (04:24)
8) Crush (03:19)
9) Mary Ann (03:35)
10) Black Betty and the Moon (03:00)
11) Blood Loss (04:03)
12) I Believe Jesus Brought Us Together (05:36)

Album
Elsie
Publisher
ADA
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
Elsie | The Horrible Crowes