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One of the best releases of the '80s (by one of the most consistent album artists in rock since that time), Marshall Crenshaw is a jukebox of catchy riffs, hooky choruses, and beatific harmonies from Detroit-reared singer-guitarist Crenshaw and his trio. This is a classic driving album, beach album, doing-housework album--you could pay your taxes to it and still bop along joyously. From the jangly opener "There She Goes Again" to the sparkling pop of "Someday Someway" and "Mary Anne" to the lyrically compelling rockers like "Cynical Girl" and "The Usual Thing," Crenshaw and producer Richard Gottehrer (Go-Go's, Blondie) conjure up a timeless pop sheen that highlights the band's neo-retro hooks with exotica-like glockenspiel. The production adds the odd touch of magic to this classic, from a purposeful young songwriter-singer-guitarist busting out of the gate at the top of his game. --Don Harrison
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I plopped it on my turntable, gave it a spin, and holy cow, what a discovery I had made!!
Well, 23 years later and through the transition from vinyl LP to CD to MP3s, I'm still "spinning this record." It's absolutely timeless, and one of the most perfect pop albums ever recorded. From the effortless guitar riff that drifts through "Mary Anne" to the jerky slap-and-bite of "Brand New Lover" (one of my faves) and all of the others, there is not one clunker in the bunch. This music just makes me want to dance and I can't help but feel good. And it's the perfect music for driving down the highway with the windows down and the moon roof open.
Listen to how *tight* this band is. Gotta love the way the bass jumps around the song, the way no note is wasted in the guitar lines, and the way the drum lays down the backbeat in style. Man, these guys just made music that was *alive*.
The CD makes a great album even better. Tons of extra songs, including demos and b-sides that are so good that you'll wonder how this Crenshaw guy kept doing it. Gem after gem after gem. I even prefer the original "Starlit Summer Sky" to the slicker version called "Starless Summer Sky" on his Miracle Of Science album. "You're My Favorite Waste of Time" is also a should-have-been hit.
All in all, if you like good pop music, or just good music, period, this is simply an album you have to have. That's all there is to it.
He was obviously influenced heavily by Buddy Holly which comes out not only in his sound but his looks yet it works. Unfortunatley in this modern era of corporate rock, Crenshaw is lost. If if wasn't for a soundtrack I ran across, I would have never heard "Someday Someway" which lead me to this album. This is truly a feel good album with solid rifs and has well written, produced, and performed music. Give it a chance!
the whole album!
Lately I have been building my digital music collection, and since my old Crenshaw was on cassette, I had frankly forgotten about this gem. In introducing my kids to some of my music, I was going online to buy some old stuff and just stumbled back across the debut by Crenshaw. I love it. It is feel-good pop with wonderful tunes/ditty's. Buy this and you will be satisfied with a new friend.