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Folk Rock With A Capital R

Folk Rock With A Capital R

folk-rock (with a capital R) at its finest

Dave Crossland

Mollys Street

Roadmonkey Music RMCD4 (1998)



Having seen Dave Crossland only as a solo artist, I did not expect him to produce a New York-style soul-rock album in the tradition of the Rascals, Springsteen, and Willy DeVille.  Although he may not replace Van Morrison any time soon, Crossland rocks convincingly on the powerful title tune, a sort of grass is greener/ coming of age piece, and on the hilariously bitter Annie, for whom Crossland laments being a second string guy.  Other highlights include the infectious London Town and the tender love ballad, Run to Califrornia.  Crossland lets down his guard on the poignant Mothers Cross.  A rocked out reprise of When the Buffalo Come Back from Crosslands last CD has all the electric bombast that the songs powerful message demands.  It seems virtually pointless to cover Eleanor Rigby, but Crosslands cello-heavy version captures the drama of the original while adding some canny new embellishments.  All in all, this is a very impressive record, truly folk-rock (with a capital R) at its finest.