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Album Review

In retrospect, 1982 was a brief, exhilarating moment in between the fall of disco and the rise of MTV, when the eternal verities of real rock & roll broke through once again. The punk and new wave music of the late '70s had given way to power-pop, a return to catchy, relatively unadorned guitar rock. In that context, it was easy to see Marshall Crenshaw and his self-titled debut album as the Next Big Thing. Hailing from music-rich Detroit but based in new wave mecca New York City, Crenshaw looked like Buddy Holly by way of Elvis Costello, and sounded like that combination too. His short, simple songs had an obvious lineage, but Crenshaw further updated the sound and added a lightly sardonic tone à la Costello, giving it a smart-alecky New York edge. Not only did critics love the result, but the immediate surface charms of the music seemed to bode for a quick trip to the top. But although "Someday, Someway" reached the Top 40 and the LP got halfway up the Top 100, that did not happen. Maybe because Crenshaw was perhaps a little too faithful to his old records. Any record collector had to love a guy who knew enough to cover Arthur Alexander's "Soldier of Love." Yet Holly and Costello got away with their essentially nerdy appearance by working against it, always seeming about to break out of the image; Crenshaw, from the art deco cover of his album to his perfectly echoed vocals, seemed to fetishize the look and sound, more a formalist than a stylist. Or maybe it was just that by the end of 1982, Michael Jackson had released Thriller and Duran Duran was cavorting on MTV. In any case, Marshall Crenshaw remains a great album.

Customer Reviews

An Album I Never Forget

I was serving in Okinawa when this came out. I'd never heard of Marshall Crenshaw, but bought the album on the strength of the review in Rolling Stone. Wow! One of the best investments I ever made with such minimal research. This is one of the best pop albums ever released. Want an album to drive around with and just get happy? This is as good as it gets. In fact, it will make you feel like you're driving in a convertible on the coast of Southern California on a perfect day--or rock around in NYC. You want hooks? You got 'em. You want memorable choruses? No problem. Simply a perfect album to improve your day.

Classic Eighties

Every song is like a jewel. The selections are so complementary to each other. Not a bad track on this album. Stupid local radio station bills itself as the 80’s playlist but they play nothing but freaking Billy Idol and the Go Go’s. This is the stuff they should be playing.

A great album from a great artist

This is an essential album for anyone who gets a thrill hearing an artist at his creative peak. Marshall Crenshaw's first album was a masterpiece of power pop, and both his own songs and the covers (Soldier of Love; S.O.S) were smartly selected. The whole album was for those of us who saw Marshall as the next stage in the rock narrative. But, sadly, we don't appreciate quality (see Todd Rundgren) and the backlash to Field Day (unfairly panned), the follow-up to Marshall Crenshaw, put him in the category of "critically neglected artist". I would rather listen to Marshall Crenshaw than most of the occupants of the palace by the river in Cleveland.


Born: November 11, 1953 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Rock

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

The pop-minded singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw built up an impressive body of work over the course of his career, showing a fine craft for everything he approached while stubbornly following his own creative muse to reach that end. To call Crenshaw's career "interesting" would be putting things mildly. He starred in several movies and portrayed John Lennon in the road-show version of Beatlemania. His songs were featured on several film soundtracks and covered by such diverse artists as Robert...
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