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Lewis, Jeffrey / 12 Crass Songs
Album:12 Crass Songs Collection:General
Artist:Lewis, Jeffrey Added:07/2008
Label:Rough Trade Records 

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Add Date:2008-07-27 Pull Date:2008-09-28 
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Album Review
mike
Reviewed 2008-07-27 
JEFFREY LEWIS - "12 Crass Songs" CD (Rough Trade)
Anti-folk, folk, singer-songwriter covers of anarchist punk band CRASS'S songs. These are not straight covers. They are quirky and acoustic. This makes the political/social/anarchist lyrics stand out. On most songs, Helen Schreiner helps; often singing backing vocals and doing CRASS songs without female vocals would be odd. Think THE MOLDY PEACHES or DANIEL JOHNSTON but doing quirky acoustic version of anarchist punk songs. Songs are censored so all are fcc OK.
**1. Starts out with pretty acoustic guitar then he sings in a geeky anti-folk voice, rambling the lyrics to this great CRASS song. Some toy sounding instruments. Ends a few seconds early.
**2. Finger picked guitar and organs. Distant with sloppy group vocals. Backing female vocals throughout the track.
**3. Hand drums and strummed guitar. Great contrast between the male and female vocals.
4. Whistle, train-like rhythm, subdued. Harsh lyrics.
5. Poppy.
6. Slow, brushed drums, organ, lazy.
**7. Speedy, bass strings on guitar, male/female vocals. Classic CRASS song.
8. Poppy strum.
9. Radio sounds and accordion (?) create a drone. Multitracked male vocals. Drone throughout the entire track. Mellow almost psych.
**10. Starts with acapella female vocals. Enter male vocals. Enter plodding, electric guitar and crashing drums. I've always loved this song. Rock.
11. Funny. Starts with electric piano. Then pretty finger picked guitar for a cover of "Punk is Dead". When did CRASS write this song? 1978?
12. Hand drums, toy instruments, many voices. Sloppy.
Great stuff. -mph

Track Listing
1.End Results 7.Do They Owe Us A Living
2.I Ain't Think, It's Just A Trick 8.Securicor
3.Systematic Death 9.Demoncrats
4.The Gas Man Cometh 10.Big A, Little A
5.Banned From The Roxy 11.Punk Is Dead
6.Where Next Columbus 12.Walls (Fun In The Oven)