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Rob Crow
Living Well
Temporary Residence

Rating: 8/10 ?

January 19, 2007
No matter how prolific Rob Crow is, there is no getting around the fact that he is a founding member of Pinback. And make no mistake, the man is PROLIFIC. Whether noodling with Zach Hill as The Ladies or heshing it up metal style in Goblin Cock, nothing the man does these days escapes the moniker of side project. Even though these bands stand alone on their own merit, it is the universal love for Pinback that will forever cast a tall shadow over Rob Crow's other work.

So, when there is no band name to hide behind, what does the music of solo act Rob Crow sound like? Not surprisingly, Living Well is touted as "the best Pinback album Pinback never made." Full of mellow, yet catchy, grooves and vocal harmonies that fit flawlessly within the nuanced tempos, most, if not all, of these songs would be perfectly at home on any Pinback album. With a hushed, but very recognizable, voice and a signature sound, even a hardcore fan of the band should be forgiven for incorrectly identifying which entity these songs are attributed to.

It is a testament to Rob Crow's talent that he is able to produce so much quality material spanning so many different styles. But with such a diverse catalog, will fans of his other bands take a liking to this album? Of course. With Living Well, Rob Crow has created some of his finest work, even if you like to hesh it up metal style.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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