Album Review :: The Horrible Crowes – Elsie

“Elsie is very dynamic, in the sense that it develops, builds, and changes, and it is clear in my mind that it is a collaboration of two different minded people.”

With The Horrible Crowes’ debut album we’re introduced to a new sonic range that isn’t often packed into one album. Brian Fallon has a voice outside of his time. Elsie gives me romanticized thoughts but if it weren’t for those romanticized thoughts I wouldn’t be able to keep going on with something to hope for.

That just a taste of the inspired poet in me coming out from Elsie. It keeps our feelings dark and our thoughts romantic. I have a feeling there will be a cult like following of saved souls produced from this production. It is pretty nice to see the separation of a side project rather than Fallon just writing alone then producing it. So, now, the elephant in the room. Brian Fallon is in The Gaslight Anthem. Congratulations everyone, you correctly identified where you have heard that voice before. Good job.

Elsie is very dynamic, in the sense that it develops, builds, and changes, and it is clear in my mind that it is a collaboration of two different minded people. The instrumentals are so complex that I’m really curious to see how it will be played live, even with bringing in more people. Then I’m hit with almost elementary claims like ‘I’ve got a crush on you’ that doesn’t seem to fit Fallon’s style but, hell, maybe that’s the beauty of it. Shit, I’ve got a ton of crushes come to think of it. The range of this album gives me moderate whiplash. Mary Ann reminds me incredibly of Helter Skelter every single time I hear it. And that’s absolutely ok with me. Because Helter Skelter is a damned good song. The thing about Fallon that grabs me more than the fact that he can be gargling gravel one minute and have a silky smooth voice the next is how he can get over the fact that the public is going to be exposed to his writing, at least enough to have it produced.

Before I get all sensitive, secretive, hopeless romantic private writer and completely off topic of an actual review I’m gonna end this. I’m very satisfied and slightly overwhelmed that The Horrible Crowes record has made in out in 2011 to add to the greatness in music that has already come out this year. Good luck to everyone else with album releases this year. In closing, The Horrible Crowes can be abbreviated to “THC” and that makes me giggle every time.

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