The Horrible Crowes are the side project of The Gaslight Anthem’s lead singer Brian Fallon. It’s pretty easy to note that as a side project, the new band isn’t standing too far apart from the ground laid by The Gaslight Anthem in the last handful of years.
The Horrible Crowes first album, Elsie, is more somber, introspective and fuzzy – inspired (per Fallon) by PJ Harvey and The National’s latest outing. Strip away the Springsteen sounds and the punk edge of a Gaslight album and throw in a few more overt references to Fallon’s Christianity and what you have is a lovely, swirling album that tells a story of love lost.
The story of Elise may be about a breakup; it may be about a death – I can’t tell, even after peeking at the lyrics. It beautifully spins a tale that intentionally blurs the lines between love and madness, loss and death.
The album is immensely listenable — dark but ultimately resting on Fallon’s two great talents — storytelling and rock and roll.