The Horrible Crowes – Elsie (Side One Dummy / EMI Music Canada)

The Horrible Crowes are an escape of sorts for The Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon and his friend Ian Perkins who make up the band. The group is a breath of fresh air for Fallon, substituting his Jersey-punk sound for the melancholic noir tones of an artist like Nick Cave. It is a hat that Fallon wears well and should appeal to fans of the Anthem while also potentially bringing some new fans on board. There is a certain depth to tracks like Behold The Hurricane, Sugar, Blood Loss and I Believe Jesus Brought Us Together that will not only appeal to fans of the Anthem but will also show that Fallon works well outside of his comfort zone.