Professor "Louie" and the Crowmatix
Over the Edge
First Appeared at The Music Box, July 2001, Volume 8, #7
Written by John Metzger
The fact that Professor "Louie" & the Crowmatix sound an awful lot like The Band should not come as a big surprise. After all, it was the group's founder Aaron "Professor Louie" Hurwitz who produced the last several albums by The Band, and it was Hurwitz who brought Times Like These, Rick Danko's final recording to fruition — all the while proving that he had a keen ear and paid steadfast attention to detail.
What is surprising, then, is the general inconsistency of The Crowmatix's first studio release Over the Edge. Several songs — like the hopelessly monotonous Tear of the Clouds and the generic pop tune The Great Beyond — simply fall flat, while others like Restless Islands (which draws far too much from Bob Dylan's Masterpiece) and the decidedly funky title track show signs of life but fail to fully blossom.
Faring better — and making Over the Edge worth seeking — is the blazing, horn-encrusted A Few Hours, the gorgeously passionate R&B ballad Someone (which features Marie Spinosa in fine vocal form), and an elongated New Orleans-fueled take on the Grateful Dead's Scarlet Begonias. It is on these selections that The Crowmatix truly live up to their potential, leaving the listener not only wanting — but needing to hear more. ½
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1 Star: Pitiful
2 Stars: Listenable
3 Stars: Respectable
4 Stars: Excellent
5 Stars: Can't Live Without It!!
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