steering clear of the mainstream
since 2001

june 2010

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"The Rock Album" CD


Genres: rock, alt country

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May 19 - 25 2003

Crawdad's Rock Album is just that, a rock album.  It's an album, and it contains rock music.  It isn't particularly original, but it's good fun, and that's what really matters, ain't it?

Crawdad get the noise started right off the bat with the rockin' "Plank Rd.," followed by "Captain Everything" and the "mysteriously" named "'R' Word."  A slight country influence can be heard in many of the songs, but you don't have to be a Nashville fan to appreciate this material.  A few of the later songs stray from the band's freshly-oiled rock formula, however.  "War With Bees," for example, has a Britpop guitar thing going on (think Blur), and "Hobo Rock" is a goofy, Zappa-esque freak-out.  But, for the most part, this is a very rock-centric record.

All in all, this is a fun twelve-song album from a new local Albany band.  Primarily a live act, this disc proves that they can hold up well on tape as well, and for that they get the recommendation from me.  Nothing out of the ordinary, just good clean fun. 


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 songs, distributed by the band, released 2003]