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Pop Crimes [Import]

Rowland S. HowardAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 31, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Infectious Import
  • ASIN: B003F7OATW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,464 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Life's What You Make It
4. Pop Crimes
5. Nothin'
6. Wayward Man
7. Avé Maria
8. The Golden Age of Bloodshed

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Ex-Nick Cave and Lydia Lunch collaborator and seminal guitarist Rowland S Howard's second solo album `Pop Crimes', recorded months before his death from liver cancer.Rowland S Howard is the former guitarist for Birthday Party and writer of `Shivers', which was made famous by The Screaming Jets cover in 2002. His music has been championed by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) Farris Badwen (The Horrors) Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) and Ryan Jarman (The Cribs), amongst others.Rowland has previously worked with Lydia Lunch, Thurston Moore, Wim Wanders, Barry Adamson, The Gun Club, Nikki Sudden and HTRK.

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5.0 out of 5 stars another masterpiece August 10, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
fellow aussie musician and beasts of bourbon/kim salmon and the surrealists' bass player, brian henry hooper (check out his solo albums as well - they are well worth the investment), has referred to rowland s. howard as the "laziest" musician in the business, obviously in regards to the 10-yr gap between howard's solo albums (on which hooper contibuted his bass playing to both), but considering the circumstances in which these albums were made (death of his mother, divorce, relapse into heroin addiction, getting hep-c and liver cancer, and facing death with superhuman grace when many others might well have taken the easy way out), one might conclude that hooper's criticism of a rock and roll legend of howard's stature was more out of encouragement, love, and admiration. that being said, the 10-yr gap was well worth the wait and quite an achievement when one considers the circumstances in which pop crimes was made.

after several well-documented and intense years backing nick cave in the seminal swamp/noise/blues/punk/rock legends, the birthday party (who have influenced everyone from pj harvey to the jesus lizard to the drones), and stints playing with crime and the city solution and lydia lunch in the '80s, howard made a name for himself as a virtuoso guitarist - the "crown prince of the crying jag.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album by an underrated artist June 5, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Rowland Howard's work can't help being under the shadow of Nick Cave's own, which is unfortunate since it is of equally good caliber. It is a shame that his work is so sparse, but what little there is available is fantastic. Unlike Nick Cave's latest albums (to be fair, from "No more shall we part" to the present day. The "The Boatman's call" is wonderful as it is) Rowland Howard's music didn't lose any of the edge of younger days. There's "grown up" stuff here, but the good stuff hasn't been traded for sappy sentimentalism out of a Michael Bolton album.

Really recommended.
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By Dwight
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
This is a review of the 'Pop Crimes' LP ~ if you are looking at this then you are likely a collector who already knows that the music is superb. This pressing sounds great, and the copy I received included a poster, lyrics and a cd copy of the album as well. I paid about $30 from an Amazon seller 'oddbanana', which seems reasonable since it is very hard-to-find as of this posting and seems to be priced at least $10 or higher from other sources. RIP Rowland, Thank you for one final great one.
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3.0 out of 5 stars And with his last dying breath... August 4, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Not hearing so much as a word from the great Spaghetti-Western, Post-punk, Death-rock minimalist Rowland S. Howard in nearly 10 years since his brilliant Australian only release "Teenage Snuff Film", Mr. Howard puts out a new CD "Pop Crimes" merely a few weeks before his eminent demise from liver cancer on December 30, 2009. Unlike the previous release, and also after an extended hiatus from commercial production in which those songs emerged organically over a long period of time of trial and error playing in his hometown of Melbourne, the songs that exist on "Pop Crimes" often reflect the fact that they were hastily assembled and have the feeling of musical ideas rather than fully-fleshed out composition. The two true gems here are "(I Know) A Girl Called Jonny" and "Pop Crimes", although the repetition of the chorus on the latter may end up getting on one's last nerve. The idea of an R.S.H. version of Talk Talk's hit song "Life's What You Make It" in theory sounds brilliant, alas the one that ends up on the recording sounds rather sleepy, and well, sad. After waiting so long for a new release by such an outstanding musician and songwriter, Pop Crimes leaves you wondering what this record would have sounded like had Mr. Howard had just a bit more time to flesh out his ideas - and a bit more time on this earth. R.I.P. R.H.S.
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