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info opinion

The Croup

Self-titled CDR

Mungler Winslowe

Genres: indie pop, folk-rock, lo-fi

Jan 24 - 30 2005

The Croup is a joint project between Mungler Winslowe head Casey Brandt and Mr. Jason Gambrell (of Jackleg and Premonition).  Right off the bat they set down the basic concept behind this CDR album - "I Feel You B" is a short, immediately attractive folk-rock song.  The sound is lo-fi but crisp, combining original songwriting with equal parts folk, rock, and pop.  The rest of the songs are a bit of a mixed bag; none touch the sincere infectiousness of "I Feel You B," though a few come close.  "Just Like a Song" and "Big Beautiful" add a softer folk-pop tinge to the album, while "Coney Island" and the brooding "Debilitate" are harder and more rock-centred.  "Over The Hill" and "Nearly Gone" are considerable disappointments, meanwhile; clearly, The Croup could use some more discretion when selecting album songs - in this genre, only the catchy songs seem to survive.  However, this CDR is solid enough to keep your average folk-rock fan entertained for awhile; if you're looking for an alternative to this genre's usual fare, give The Croup's album a listen.  You won't be left unsatisfied.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 11 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2004]