It's Fun in the Green Room
Review in 'What's Up!' music magazine, Aug 2004: A world premier from artist and album mastermind Kevin Crow, It's Fun In The Green Room is like a wet kiss from a music scene that's been a little stale lately. What you got here is plain-ole acoustic guitar plied with instrumentation that's sometimes beautiful, sometimes strange, nearly always compelling. Crow sings like a shy kid you instantly like and play's all the instruments but one, in a nice not-quite-smooth-but-almost way. Cuts like 'Ah, California' are kin to some of Beck's early, relevant material and showcase Crow's command of melodic phrasing. Standout track 'Change' is simply a great song that should be played on college radio immediately. It succinctly captures what is best about this record: take an interesting approach to a worthy theme and sing it honestly, and you've got good music. Crow's crooning, while not the stuff of Ottis Redding soul, is appealing in the way Neil Young is--it's that wavering uncertainty, at once playful and earnest. What's more--he's believable. When Crow sings I have a hard time deciding when to be nice and when to be honest, you recall that you have a hard time deciding too. There is cache of good songs here. 'The Backroads' skips along in a loping bluesy fashion before it finishes up with an outro not unlike some of Elliot Smith's ambitious vocal arrangements. 'Mustard' is a hope song for the disenchanted that you will sing along with before you're done hearing it the first time. Engineered by Christian Banielson, IFITGR is a great initial offering from a bold artist not yet twenty. Shite, even the cover is cool. -Korby Lenker From The Bellingham Herald's 'Take Five', There's no lyric sheet to Fogey's, 'It's Fun in the Green Room.' But at one point is sounds as if multi-instrumentalist and mastermind Kevin Crow says, 'I was drowning in the sweetness of pot.' There's no better way to sum up this CD, except maybe Sebadoh's line about Mary Jane's musical tastes to 'Gimme Indie Rock': '(I) thought things sounded better slow. Much slower.' ...Like They Might Be Giants, the Violent Femmes, Weezer and especially, Beck, he conveys a character who's weary but far from angry. On the disc's more-memorable moments, Crow recalls The Pixies' Black Francis - tossing phrases and bizarre mouth noises around the meager melody of a bass and burned-out guitar on 'Another Angst Song.' Rarely does any fall into a predictable place. It's here where Fogey sounds exciting and new. Should he pick up the pace to match, look out. -Tony Stasiek.