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Bastard Life or Clarity

Russell Crowe & 30 Odd Foot of Grunts

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Album Review

TOFOG may be one of those bands who's destined to be just a conversation piece. Aside from the fact that everyone outside of Australia is baffled by their name, their lead singer and main songwriter is one of Hollywood's biggest stars. By nature people will link Russell Crowe with the likes Kevin Bacon and Jeff Bridges, who have launched second careers in rock & roll (both to a predominantly unreceptive audience). But this is much more than a side project for Crowe. TOFOG began making music together in the early '80s, well before Crowe was an international superstar. Bastard Life or Clarity is their fifth album. It is well-thought-out, well-produced, and proof that they intend to be taken seriously. That being said, it is not an album that takes many chances. It's straightforward, guitar-driven, mid-tempo rock with a touch of country that sounds a lot like watered-down Bon Jovi or the semi-successful comeback album of any number of '80s bands. "Things Have Got to Change" is a promising start, but turns out to be one of the disc's most distinctive tracks. Crowe's voice is strong enough that one can almost forget that he's a movie star. That is, of course, until he blows his cover with a tough-guy monologue in the middle of the second track. His lyrics are neither offensive or memorable, but the arrangements and musicianship provide some surprisingly moving moments. Though used sparingly, Stewart Kirwan's lone trumpet is particularly affecting, adding another layer and a uniqueness to an album that is otherwise little more than something to talk about.

Customer Reviews

Well done!!

I liked this album alot, better than Other Ways of Speaking. What I like about this one was the songwriting. I like the way Crowe writes about people, places and memories that are important to him. It's much more than romantic love songs, not that there's anything wrong with love songs!! My favorite songs were Memorial Day, The Legend of Barry Kable and Judas Cart. I think if listeners give will enjoy this album if they give it a chance.

Give it a try

The sings aren't all that bad. You should listen to the whole song or the whole CD before judging! He isn't A horrible singer. He has quite a nice voice to listen too. Some songs you should listen to are "Sail Those Same Oceans," which has a bit of a country feeling, and "Things Have Got To Change," which is just a fun song (:

HORRIBLE

ruselle crow has always been a favorite actor of mine but he is a horrible singer and song wrighter. i have always wonderd how people like him geta record deel wihen it obveuse that they have no talent whatsoever

Biography

Formed: Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Rock group 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, featuring Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe, formed in 1992. Crowe and Billy-Dean Cochran had been playing music together since their teens in New Zealand (including a band called Roman Antix), and before that, Crowe had released solo singles. In 1987, the two moved to Australia and eventually met up with brothers Dave Kelly and Garth Adam. They became 30 Odd Foot of Grunts with the addition of drummer Don Brown and guitarist Mark Rosier. Brown and Rosier exited...
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