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Album Review

A piping hot slice of Americana served up by a band of Canadians — it's a situation that any fan of the Band could appreciate. Jozef Chirowski's speedy honky-tonk piano in "House of Blue Lights" and his boogie-woogie "Murder in the First Degree" give the proceedings an air of saloon wildness, and the off-kilter production on the lead vocals and harmonies throughout the album only adds to the effect. There are some nicely wry moments too, as when the cuckold's tale of "Too True Mama" boasts that "I got a private eye on you, and I got a private eye on the private eye!" For all its loving invocation of American genres, Crowbar also indulges in some unexpected experiments. The gravelly "In the Dancing Hold" is interrupted by a faux-AM broadcast of pleading soul music, while the erstwhile religious content of "Prince of Peace" sits among a swirled montage of urban ambient noise, booming bass drums, and repeated crowd choruses invoking the return of the Prince of Peace. But for sheer devilish frenzy, it's hard to beat "Oh What a Feeling." With its funked-up R&B guitar and whooshing chorus, it is just about a perfect musical evocation of a head rush.

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Rock & Funk With A Great Sense of Humor!

While rummaging through my dad's vinyl collection in the late 70's I came across this album sandwiched in with a bunch of eclectic jazz records. He had NO idea why he bought it... but I liked it. I made a copy of it for myself... on reel-to-reel! I played it quite often over the next 10 years until finally my Teac tape deck wore out and was replaced by my first CD player in '89. I hadn't heard it since but I still remember all the songs... in order! I'm delighted now to finally get my own PORTABLE copy of it. As far as I'm concerned their "House of Blue Lights" is the best version ever recorded (including the original R&B version and the popular rendition by Asleep At the Wheel). Plus you gotta love "Oh never be a dodo... as far as I'm concerned!" Where else will you find tongue in cheek stuff like that? (Well okay, maybe Mojo Nixon or John Prine.) Good Stuff!

Biography

Formed: 1992 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

New Orleans metal band Crowbar originally comprised vocalist/guitarist Kirk Windstein, guitarist Matt Thomas, bassist Todd Strange, and drummer Craig Numenmacher. Once known as the Slugs, the band's slow, grinding, heavy sound has alternately been tagged sludge metal and sludgecore, and has drawn comparisons both vocally and musically to Pantera, the Melvins, and Tad. Debuting in 1992 with Obedience Through Suffering, they subsequently signed to Pavement Music and issued albums including 1993's Crowbar...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1971

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