Marshall Crenshaw – The 9-Volt Years

The 9-Volt Years

I’ve always thought of Marshall Crenshaw as one of the true pop-rock geniuses. His music follows a direct line from Lennon and McCartney to Brian Wilson to everyone who ever has jangled a guitar.

This CD might be for fanatics only, but I love it. So what if it’s just home demos. You’ll know some of them (“Someday, Someway,” “You’re My Favorite Waste of Time”), and some you may not be as familiar with. There are nice instrumentals, like “Bruce Is King” (featuring Mosrites, according to Marshall’s liners notes), and lots of rockin’.

Like I said, I love it but it might not be for everybody. The sound is demo-quality, but the spirit and feel are great.

This review originally appeared in VG‘s Nov. ’98 issue.

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