Crowsong’s first album was very atmospheric, with all sorts of guitar sounds flying about. This one has a more definite band feel, with songs that feel a little more familiar. That said, I thought both albums were quite good.
Randy Clark plays the guitars, does some vocals, and appears to be the leader of Crowsong. His playing covers lots of ground. There’s nice acoustic folk-rock work on “Two Manhattens.” His slide and chordal work on “My Girl” sets the feel for the song. In fact, his very atmospheric sound helps define a lot of the cuts here. “Separate Ways” has a late-’60s sound. “Drive” features an intro that lasts almost two minutes and is dark and loud. That breaks right into stately, ringing guitars. By the time you get to the end of the tune, you’d swear it was Neil Young playing the solo out. It’s right on the edge, threatening to spill over, but never does. Really beautiful work.
“Red Is the Color of Blood” has very nifty guitar work that brought the tune “Telstar” to mind. A little reverb and some nice twangy notes. Of course, as you learn to expect from Clark, that doesn’t last long. He’s soon playing fast, rowdy fusion-style solos.
Vocally, the sound is unique. It may be an acquired taste, but it fits the tunes and adds a bit to the overall feel of the album. Lyrically, things do on occasion get a bit heavy.
If you want something a bit off the beaten path, Clark is a player to be reckoned with.
This article originally appeared in VG‘s Aug. ’03 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.