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The Horrible Crowes, ‘Elsie’ (Side One Dummy)

Sidestepping the solo tag by teaming with guitar tech Ian Perkins, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon uses the Horrible Crowes moniker to dial down the volume on his personal brand of heartland rock. When he also holds back the bravado of his Springsteen-isms, this Jersey boy evokes Mark Eitzel’s lonely white soul ?minus the danger, though his supertrad songwriting skills rarely fail him. Bellowing hoarsely while ivories tinkle and muted guitars gently twang, he comes across like a scenery-chewing Method actor marooned in a stoic Ingmar Bergman flick.