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Crew

November 16, 2003

Crew clearly states on their website that their music is marketable. I would have to agree with that statement. Their melodic rock offerings are so contagiously catchy and inventive that I couldn’t think of who to compare them to. It’s just too good to compare to anything on the radio! They also boast that their music is hard to turn off. Is that true? Oh heck yeah it is.

What makes this CD amazing is the nearly flawless vocal delivery. Doug Brown’s clear, seemingly effortless voice breathes much more life into the already fluid rock that is supplied by the guitars. A polished master of the vocal hook, Brown takes over every song on “Day After Yesterday”, making each tune bend to his will. But if he can control them all, why not let him?

The guitars of a rock variety, very melodic and anthemic, invoking a Vertical Horizon feel at times. Don’t be afraid, Crew rocks a lot harder and better than VH ever has. There’s just a small comparison there. The lyrics are great as well, done in a completely non-emo style. And that is a very good thing, because the world is getting tired of those. These lyrics are emotional, but they never try to confuse or sound deep or become ambiguous. They just tell, and they end up being beautiful. Crew stretches their songs really long, with none of the eight tracks being below 4 minutes in length. To some bands that would be death, but to Crew, it just gives them more time to work their magic. “Who You Are” is a perfect example of this, with a driving, moody mentality and a dangerously catchy chorus melody that gets better each time you hear it. Also spectacular is the rest of the album. Specifically though, the piano elegy “Mailbox” gives a complete sense of contentedness that doesn’t come too often.

Crew has some major positive vibes going on here. I didn’t dislike a single track on this album, and I seriously can’t turn it off. It has such passion captured in it that you can’t help but want to hear it again. It’s beautiful, it’s powerful, and it’s so smooth. So smooth.

Read: www.crewband.com
listen: www.crewband.com
Buy: pfeffermatthew@hotmail.com

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