Sunday, September 13, 2015

CD Review: Singer/Songwriter Marshall Crenshaw Gathers His EPs For A New Collection

American singer/songwriter Marshall Crenshaw has had a very successful career, which has lasted over thirty years. His first two solo albums cracked the top 100 on the Billboard album charts in the early 80's and his songs have been covered by the likes of Ronnie Spector, the Gin Blossoms and America to name a few. His latest release gathers his 10" vinyl EP releases between 2013 to 2015 and collected those songs on CD for the first time. The new compilation entitled "#392: The EP Collection" was released on August 21st through Red River Entertainment.

The first six songs of this album are originals, while the next six are cover songs and also two previously unreleased tunes are added on as bonus tracks. It begins with his most recent composition "Grab The Next Train" as Crenshaw lays low on this easily flowing storied tune. The mellowness of the music of "Driving And Dreaming" becomes the backdrop for the wonderfully interesting lyrics. He picks up the tempo, slightly with "I Don't See You Laughing Now" as his music will not overpower you, but you will get lost in his vocals and lyrics. The cover songs range from the airiness of The Move's "No Time" to the gentle acoustics of The Loving Spoonful's "Didn't Want Have To Do It." His version of "(They Long To Be) Close To You" makes you wonder if the song was written for him as he follows the blueprint laid down by The Carpenters. The two bonus songs features a live version of The Everly Brothers' "Man With Money" and a demo version of "Front Page News" which Crenshaw wrote back in the 90's with Leroy Preston.

To find out more about Marshall Crenshaw and his latest release "#392: The EP Collection," please visit his website at

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