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Elegy

by Shawn Crowle

The quasi-conceptual debut album paints the portrait of a dark and dying small town on the prairies and the lost souls that reside there. A rough, smoke-infused journey based around acoustic guitars and a melancholic yelp.
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2. Running
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3. Get Out
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4. The Girl on the Edge of Town
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5. A Night Like Tonight
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6. The Rock & Roll Band
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7. High Noon
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8. Play the Clown
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9. The Baytown Boardwalk Girl
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10. Elegy (The Going Home Song)
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11. Winding Road (Moving On)
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Available on CD Baby and Itunes, Shawn Crowle's quasi-conceptual debut album paints the portrait of a dark and dying small town on the prairies and the lost souls that reside there; a portrait of the human condition, scattered with moments of heartbreak and hope, love and loss and a search for understanding. As intentionally rough-edged as the characters that populate it, the album is formed around a live take of guitar and voice; the songs are made up of simple, sparse arrangements falling in around a unique, melancholic yelp, always keeping the story at the forefront.

Kind Words:

GRAYOWL POINT REVIEW: http://glasspaperweight.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/review-elegy-shawn-crowle/

"For Shawn Crowle there is no in-between. You’ll either love this album or you’ll hate it. Whatever you do think of it, you’ll have to admit that he is a seriously unique Canadian voice. Top Tracks: “Running”; “The Rock & Roll Band”"


LEICESTER BANGS REVIEW: http://www.leicesterbangs.co.uk/mar11-14.html

“With a voice that most closely resembles that of the late (and quite possibly great) Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Shawn Crowle certainly stands out in mannered singer-songwriter circles."

INDEPENDENT MUSIC NEWS REVIEW: http://indiemusicnews.info/single-review-shawn-crowle-running/

"He promotes every song like a nice walk in the park, disrupted by a homeless man looking for spare change. Two different worlds collide and ultimately poverty is left lying on the floor; like an old newspaper stuck on the window of an abandoned house. Shawn Crowle – I salute you for showing me ‘that’ different world in nearly 3 minutes of reality. Rate: 10/10"


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Thane Satre

Tom Waits,Beware,The Tattered Successor to Your Tarnished Throne
If you love the unlovely, the discordant,the haunted,and the sweetly beautiful swirled together in aural grit,you will love this album.
Crowle's voice soothes while it sets on edge; carresses while delivering a stinging slap.
Think "Downtown Train", think "Everybody Must Get Stoned"set to crystalline, perfect guitar, and you'll be close.
This album is a must-have for those who care about Music, Art, and the Death of the North American Dream...This is on high rotation on my IPod...An ungainly troubadour at the gates of the 21st century, demanding to be let in. I friggin' LOVE this!!..

Independent Music News

Shawn Crowle - Running
http://indiemusicnews.info/single-review-shawn-crowle-running/

...Running – like doughnut policemen. Is that Tom Waits running towards me? what have you got to say Tom? “Have you heard this gentleman called: Shawn Crowle? is he trying to copy my style?” and which I would reply, NO. Shawn Crowle may have the shrivelled voice box and acoustic style but there’s something different with his approach. He promotes every song like a nice walk in the park, disrupted by a homeless man looking for spare change. Two different worlds collide and ultimately poverty is left lying on the floor; like an old newspaper stuck on the window of an abandoned house. Shawn Crowle – I salute you for showing me ‘that’ different world in nearly 3 minutes of reality.

Rate: 10/10

Leicester Bangs

Re-post of Leicester Bangs Review
http://www.leicesterbangs.co.uk/mar11-14.html

With a voice that most closely resembles that of the late (and quite possibly great) Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Shawn Crowle certainly stands out in mannered singer-songwriter circles. His debut album, a conceptual piece revolving around a small town in decline is perfectly suited to his melancholy yelp, and although there’s an element of perseverance involved in truly understanding the lyrical complexity of Crowle’s words, there’s no doubting the despondency in which he wraps them. If desolation, sadness and a yarn or two appeals, then you may wish to investigate further.

Grayowl Point

Shawn Crowle - Elegy
http://glasspaperweight.wordpress.com/2011/03/16/review-elegy-shawn-crowle/

For Shawn Crowle there is no in-between. You’ll either love this album or you’ll hate it. Whatever you do think of it, you’ll have to admit that he is a seriously unique Canadian voice.

Crowle is an experimental folk singer- as strange as that sounds. His music borders on Tom Waits territory. It’s truly something interesting to hear.

The musical arrangement of Crowle’s songs is usually pretty basic- a guitar or two and the occasional keys. This suits his album perfectly. An elegy is a mournful lament for the dead, and the songs conjure up images of a barren town covered in blowing dust. The guitar chords are simple and beautiful.

What will make a listener love or hate Crowle is his voice. I mentioned he’s somewhat like Tom Waits, in that his voice takes some getting used to. His voice is wheezy and raspy which could be a dealbreaker. And this is what makes him so interesting- his vocal style is radical, something you’ll be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Overall, the album feels exactly like an elegy- each song feels like it is mourning the dead; there are even a few song titles about specific people. Crowle is truly a voice that you need to experience when you’ve think you’ve heard them all.

Top Tracks: “Running”; “The Rock & Roll Band

DPGibbons

Elegy
If you've not listened to Shawn Crowle before, be prepared for something completely different. His music is probably the most radical you'll have heard in a long while - think Scott Walker, think Tom Waites, think of any artist who caused the hair on the back of your neck to stand up the first time you heard them - Shawn is one of those artists, one who polarises opinion, one who leaves a lasting impression.

If you like your music crammed full of emotion every inch of the way, Shawn's your man! Once you get over the shock of his radical approach to singing, the emotion in his voice will hit you like a freight train, relentless, harrowing at times - this isn't easy listening - you have to make an effort to get on the same wave-length, but once you do and once you make that connection you're in for pure joy.

The album opens with 'Once' - a gentle sensitive acoustic guitar and piano opening that sets the scene for a typical Shawn Crowe vocal. Shawn's lyrics are simple and to the point, but poetical at the same time and manage to conjure images that match the mood of the the music and vocal ' the old moon hanging careless', 'then we move into a storefront street' - this is a heady blend of tone-poem imagery, an artisitic delight.

'Running' is a tale of a man at the end of his tether, he can run no more and faces his fate 'I want to know where it's coming from'.

The album is full of images, of problems unresolved, of real lives and stories, of pain. 'The Girl on the edge of town' , 'The Baytown Boardwalk girl' , Eddie in 'The Rock & Roll Band' - all bought to vivid life, you can feel their lives in the emotional voice of Shawn Crowe.

A whole new dimension has just been added to popular music by Shawn Crowle and there is no going back. He walks a different path to anyone in contemporary music I've heard - if you're brave enough to walk that path with him, the musical rewards are immense.