Alternative music reviews

August 10, 2006

Regarding Your Request For Closure by Crawling With Kings

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This is an album that sits back and waits for you to come to terms with it. There’s plenty of touches of sadness, even some bitterness in the songs that makes it one you have to be in the right mood for. Every time I listen it brings me some more pleasure. Jesus In Your Ovaries is small-town tale of passion. In The 90s is a more angry and a louder track in a seductive package of incisive vocals and guitar. Christmas At Home contains the refrain of “everything is pain, it’s all the same” but it is a lilting and beautiful song. Some of the tracks don’t work for me but I don’t mind skipping a couple.

This is real alt-country. I can hear very short passages that remind me of The Scud Mountain Boys and Uncle Tupelo in March 16-20, 1992 period and a lot more that is just Crawling With Kings. This is like the album I always hoped Golden Smog would make, but never did. It is also an album I know I will come back to again and again. I think I’ll grow old with this one so wait for the final review in about 2026.

Crawling With Kings

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