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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Walkmen - Lisbon
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Rob Crow
My Room Is A Mess
Absolutely Kosher Records

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
Anyone who has seen Pinback live knows about Rob Crow's obsession and influence with/of Death and Hair metal bands of the 70's and 80's. Often times he is heard tuning his guitar to the sounds of Slayer or Napalm Death, which is funny for the 30 seconds you have to hear it live, but when it sneaks up on you and smacks you in the face it is none too pleasant.

Such is the case with Mr. Crow's new solo effort, My Room Is A Mess. Much of this album could easily be unfinished Pinback outtakes, which leaves the listener with an empty feeling. I can see the wheelbarrow holding each song, it's just not full enough to take to the pile and empty onto an album. Each song is missing something. The layers and harmonies are as great as you would expect from Rob Crow, but there needs to be more of… something. It's different with every track, but overall, each song in the collection is lacking in some way.

I suppose it's nothing you wouldn't expect from Rob Crow or Pinback, for that matter (save the death metal surprises), but in it's entirety the album grows far too repetitious and bland for it's full potential to be heard. Perhaps I have just come to expect too much from this creative fellow and I want to see him accomplish everything I know he's capable of.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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