Russell Crawford: Bad Luck (ep)

~ Friday, 9 April 2010
Australian singer songwriter Crawford's music has a quirky edge to it with hints of Squeeze, Elvis Costello and The Boomtown Rats giving it a jangly pop feel. Title track Bad Luck is an upbeat ode to life's losers with a tongue firmly in cheek and this a theme that follows on throughout. The seriously infectious Leave It All Behind has a punkier edge with some great harmonies and a killer cheesy organ causing havoc in the background.

Honour of best track goes to Soon Enough, a tune that has a summery quality to it that is reminiscent of Matthew Sweet or REM in their poppier moments. The ep finishes with a rocked up cover of the Patrick Swazye hit She's Like The Wind which is an amusing distraction.

The one thing that lets this ep down is Crawford's rather flat and monotone vocals but if you can look beyond them you'll find some mighty fine classic pop tunes with a retro MOD feel. There is enough here to suggest that his forthcoming album Floating Aimlessly should be worth checking out.