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THE HORRIBLE CROWS-ELSIE “LOOKING FOR HONESTY AND TRUST IN A WEARY WORLD” BY JOHN EMMS

The Horrible Crows-Elsie-It’s up to today’s new songwriters like  Brian Fallon to shed light on an often tragic and cynical world.

Let’s all face facts here. There is plenty of stuff inside all of us including Fallon that we don’t talk about.

The Horrible Crows Elsie is a remarkable album that perfectly exists in our weary Post 9/11 world. An album that sheds light on our human condition.

Behold The Hurricane may start with it’s insistent wall of guitars and “who ho” sing a long, but the lyrical depth of the song soon finds you on the inside gut emotion of ” I age by years at the mention of your name” 

However it’s the Tom Waits-esque Cherry Blossoms that pulls you into deep water, holding you inside a lyric such as  “If I drove straight off this bridge only God and my baby would know” 

Elsewhere tracks like Crush and Ladykiller would not be out of snyc with Springsteen’s Tunnel of Love period. It’s about the romance exploration that we all go through. And at some point in our lives we may fall in and out of.

Musically the band is willing to take chances and  Joe Strummer would be proud of THC’s  muscle and inner integrity on tracks like Mary Ann and Black Betty & The Moon .

I was sent a digital download for review so did not have cd inner booklet with me at time of writing so I can’t give you musician credits.

Escaping into the world of the Horrible Crows album Elsie is a trip you may want to take.

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, songwriter/musician with THE SHAFTMEN www.theshaftmen.com www.johnemms.com and online radio host http://emms.podbean.com/

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