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Am I overstating my point, hyperbolizing to the point that I am possibly even undercutting the 5-star review that I have so lovingly bestowed upon this album? Yeah maybe. Especially because I have only had it in my possession for a few hours. But I can't freakin' help it. This band means a lot to me, and has since its inception. A true return to form from Cracker calls for celebration in my book.
The past half-decade has been interesting for Lowery and company. 2002 saw the release of "Forever," dubbed a minor comeback amongst critics and fans even though the band had never really gone anywhere that they needed to come back from. In fact, "Gentleman's Blues," the album that preceded "Forever," was quite possibly their best and remains so to this day in my opinion. Yet, "Forever" was followed by a period of high output and creative dormancy, as the band played their hits in a nonstandard context ("Oh Cracker Where Art Thou?"), released a set of country covers with one original ("Countrysides"), and famously re-recorded their greatest hits to stick it to their former record label. Now, freed of that abusive relationship with Virgin records, Cracker finally records their first set of all-new material in four years.Read more ›
And so here it is. Greenland. It's quite good, all the way through. A bit more subdued than most Cracker albums, possibly treads closest to Gentleman's Blues for an overall feel, if you want to compare it to past work.
While it doesn't have the kind of instant spark songs that the other albums have had for me, it has 14 solid songs that will grow and grow on you. It's more "classic rock-like" if you will, not that that term means much.
Anyhow, if you already like Cracker or good songwriting and rock music in general, then pick this up.
And the title makes sense for the themes of the album.
David Lowery is one of Rock's best songwriters and the music on this one rocks out as loose and tight and carefree as the early days of Cracker.
Catch them in concert too. The venue's are small and they will blow you away.
(And don't believe the rollicking, introspective last song where he sings "Our best days have come, our best days are gone...Darlin we're out of time...)
No way. Cracker lives on and great songwriters like David Lowery have to keep it coming.
The typical main influences to the Cracker sound are there - Petty, the Stones, Led Zep, Neil Young, and the Byrds. From the sound of the lyricss, David Lowery seems to have had a long-time relationship with a lady friend end, as the theme permeates the entire album. His love for drinking and smoking is also made quite clear here. Lowery's witty, amusing, thought-provoking and sarcastic lyrics as well as his "it sounds like I just downed a 5th of whiskey" voice are in fine form. Johnny Hickman's always strong, tight yet sometimes overlooked guitar work though helps drive the album, showing off some hot Jimmy Page-like licks to go with his incredibly sinewy western sound and twang. The use of reverb, delay, and other sound effects provide some cool textures to the album, which is well produced, yet maintaining a somewhat raw and unpolished sound.
The song Give Me One More Chance just scorches and will have you hooked immediately, while the fun Everybody Gets One For Free may be the best new bar/drinking song. Cracker's slower songs are so good that they can leave you speechless at times.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album "is like a box of chocolates"! A little something for everyone! It earned every star it's rated! Thanx!Published 11 months ago
I love Cracker, and this is a good album with some great songs. But not necessarily their best album out.Published on March 9, 2013 by orbit63
From their alt-country to edgier rock tracks, this album sounds like a mature version of their early work. Nothing sounds like it was thrown on here to appease the radio crowd. Read morePublished on December 4, 2010 by Thomas J. Forwood
Cracker's 7th studio release 2006's "Greenland", is the follow up to the country themed album "Country-sides". Cracker returned to the rock they did on "Forever". Read morePublished on July 26, 2010 by ScottE
I've been a Cracker fan since Keroseen Hat and when I saw them at this small hole in the wall club in Austin called Mohawk I became a huge fan. Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Stephen B. Sumemrlin
I find the album a little less inventive and interesting than I was hoping. Check out Cracker's album with Left Over Salmon.Published on February 14, 2008 by Douglas Quaid
This album is great, but then again, is there a Cracker album that isn't? All the songs are wonderfully quirky, and easily identifiable as the "Cracker Soul" style of song... Read morePublished on December 5, 2007 by S. Fredson
I have only heard a few tracks from Cracker over the years. I seemed to miss them somehow in their heyday. Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by Kevin L. Law
I never review anything - go on, look. See, nothing. I don't usually care enough to.
This album is incredibly moving. Read more