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Corey Crowder

Gold and The Sand

(Tooth & Nail; US: 11 Nov 2008; UK: Available as import)

Despite his name and the fact he’s signed to Christian label Tooth & Nail, Crowder bears no relation to praise music superstar David Crowder. Corey Crowder, rather, is a Georgian internet sensation who traffics in middle-of-the-road, well-crafted Southern country rock. Debut Gold and the Sand is full of thoughtfully-strummed acoustic guitars, rich harmonies, and midtempo ballads. Crowder’s slightly gravelly voice is warm and pleasant, too. This all might sound quite nice, and it is. But that’s the problem. The music and production are blandly professional, neutering whatever Southern attitude the songs might have had. And Crowder fills the songs with equally bland cliches. Lonesome roads, questions of faith, and “better days” abound. The net result is an album with all the personality of the latest release by an American Idol alum. Crowder recently relocated to Nashville to work as a contract writer for EMI. Sure enough, he sounds like just the guy to pen the hits for next Brad Paisley.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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