Temporary Residence (2016)
I don't remember exactly how long ago it was that Rob Crow had said he was done with music. While I applaud someone for trying to take the necessary steps to get their life on track, I was selfishly sad that the world might not get more music from him. Luckily, it seems that Rob has managed to do both; overcome some demons and continue to put out records. I hope he's always able to balance the two.
You're Doomed. Be Nice. is the first album Rob has made along with a new backing band he's started called Gloomy Place. In the past Rob Crow solo records tended to be just that, with Rob controlling most if not all aspects of the record. I'm not sure how the dynamic of having this backing band has changed his songwriting process, but this album is easily my favorite non-Pinback record Rob Crow has ever released. In fact, it gives a couple Pinback albums a run for their money as well.
What really stands out about this album is how effortlessly the songs are able to incorporate Rob's trademark guitar plucking into extremely catchy hooks and choruses. This is definitely one of the poppiest albums that Rob has been involved in, so it's probably no surprise that I dig it as much as I do. For me, you're just not going to get much better than the "whoa whoa's" in the chorus of "Business Interruptus." But that is just one song that is somehow, amazingly topped by the very next track "Paper Doll Parts." Top to bottom it's a fantastic record.
If you have even a passing interest in Rob Crow or Pinback, this is absolutely an album you should check out. I hope it's the first of many more albums from Rob and/or Pinback.
Rob Crow's Gloomy Place - You're Doomed. Be Nice.: