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  • Vinyl (1 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B002R11090
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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RED VINYL LIMITED RE-PRESSING...750 UNITS FOR THE WORLD...Ex collaborator of Nick Cave & Lydia Lunch and seminal guitarist, Rowland S Howard recorded his second solo album 'Pop Crimes', months before his death from liver cancer. Includes cover versions of 'Life's What You Make It' by Talk Talk and 'Nothin' by Townes Van Zandt).

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Not as immediate as Teenage Snuff Film but still shows Rowland at his beautiful, fragile best. Worth it for the guitar work on Life's what you make it alone! Utter genius, no other guitarist comes close! RIP Rowland.
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Any Rowland fans put off by the previously high prices asked for this album should dive in now it's getting this more sensibly priced UK issue. It's great - humour, drama and spine-tingly guitar weave through rockin' songs that sound like the work of a man on top form, with a lot left to say. Such a pitty it's now his last...
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Roar of beauty, swollen with pain. Overdue gem from musician who needed personal tragedy to gear up for his tour-de-force.
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Exactly what I wanted
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5.0 out of 5 stars another masterpiece 11 Aug. 2010
By Furry Man of the Midwest - Published on Amazon.com
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fellow aussie musician and beasts of bourbon/kim salmon and the surrealists' bass player, brian henry hooper (check out his solo albums as well - they are well worth the investment), has referred to rowland s. howard as the "laziest" musician in the business, obviously in regards to the 10-yr gap between howard's solo albums (on which hooper contibuted his bass playing to both), but considering the circumstances in which these albums were made (death of his mother, divorce, relapse into heroin addiction, getting hep-c and liver cancer, and facing death with superhuman grace when many others might well have taken the easy way out), one might conclude that hooper's criticism of a rock and roll legend of howard's stature was more out of encouragement, love, and admiration. that being said, the 10-yr gap was well worth the wait and quite an achievement when one considers the circumstances in which pop crimes was made.

after several well-documented and intense years backing nick cave in the seminal swamp/noise/blues/punk/rock legends, the birthday party (who have influenced everyone from pj harvey to the jesus lizard to the drones), and stints playing with crime and the city solution and lydia lunch in the '80s, howard made a name for himself as a virtuoso guitarist - the "crown prince of the crying jag." it wasn't until fronting his own outstanding and often overlooked band, these immortal souls (featuring epic soundtracks [swell maps] on drums), until the mid-90s that howard began getting well-deserved recognition as a singer/songwriter as well, as his songwwriting contributions were often overshadowed by those of nick cave (many seem to have forgotten or are unaware that howard wrote one of the birthyday party's first "hits" ["shivers"] before they had changed their name from the boys next door and moved to england).

in this writer's opinion, howard's first solo album (teenage snuff film) outshined most, if not all, of cave's post-birthday party output, and that is a bold statement to make when one considers cave/bad seeds classics such as your funeral, my trial and from her to eternity. still, i stand by that statement and will go a step further in stating that pop crimes is just as solid, if not more so, than his first solo outing. unlike teenage snuff film, howard's guitar playing is more succinct on pop crimes, while his goldilox lyrics, as a whole, present a dictum that could only be articulated so well, direct, and without artifice by someone with the experience, humility, and intelligence to grasp the reality of not only his own condition, but the human condition as it stands (check out "the golden age of bloodshed"). hashing it out posthumously, songs such as "shut me down" and the well-chosen and venerable interpretation of talk talk's "life's what you make it" are redefined with a vexatious, yet dignified demeanor. getting down to brass tacks, the original tracks are well-crafted and affecting, as are the judicious selection of covers. as a result, pop crimes, like all great art, draws you into its distinct nature and is a exceptional experience for the listener; it's more than just a collection of great songs.

dear rowland - may you rest in peace (if mr. pew allows, of course).
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good album by an underrated artist 6 Jun. 2012
By Antonio Tamez - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Rowland Howard's work can't help being under the shadow of Nick Cave's own, which is unfortunate since it is of equally good caliber. It is a shame that his work is so sparse, but what little there is available is fantastic. Unlike Nick Cave's latest albums (to be fair, from "No more shall we part" to the present day. The "The Boatman's call" is wonderful as it is) Rowland Howard's music didn't lose any of the edge of younger days. There's "grown up" stuff here, but the good stuff hasn't been traded for sappy sentimentalism out of a Michael Bolton album.

Really recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Pop Crimes' LP on Australia's Liberation Music label 19 July 2010
By Dwight - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a review of the 'Pop Crimes' LP ~ if you are looking at this then you are likely a collector who already knows that the music is superb. This pressing sounds great, and the copy I received included a poster, lyrics and a cd copy of the album as well. I paid about $30 from an Amazon seller 'oddbanana', which seems reasonable since it is very hard-to-find as of this posting and seems to be priced at least $10 or higher from other sources. RIP Rowland, Thank you for one final great one.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated pop crime! 3 Dec. 2014
By iblackmovement - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
This album is so so good. I love his Townes Van Zandt cover of "Nothin", "Pop Crimes" is such a great song as well, as well as "I Know a Girl Called Jonny", this whole album is good from start to finish. A very memorable album that you should want to keep in your collection indefinitely. Get it! It was Rowland's last, RIP.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Life's What You Make It ... 11 April 2016
By R. Kesler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl
Passing away in 2009, Rowland S. Howard, like Ian Curtis of Joy Division, has left us with a darkly unsettling body of work that will no doubt be poured over for years to come by fans of Birthday Party, Nick Cave, and The Boys Next Door, for hints at his demise, his tentative hold on his personal being, mysterious choice of covers, and the distillation of his lyrics, to etch out any hint as to who the man behind the man actually was.

Sounding dark and devious, as if he was perpetually pondering on a soapbox, ignored by all passerby's, guitar in hand, preaching of the final days, and the lack of human immortality ... in that who we are, and what we leave behind is a mere blurred vision of what we do and whom we effect.

Essentially, Pop Crimes is flawless at painting a perverse and askew image of pop culture in all of its subversive faded glory, complete with covers by both Talk Talk [“Life’s What You Make It”] and Townes Van Zandt [“Nothin”]. He tenders nether of these songs as one might expect, but then Howard seldom did anything by the numbers, leaving us to cypher the reasoning behind these choices. Listening to Pop Crimes is no easy task, it’s painful, it’s heartbreaking, it’s tar on your new shoes from summer heated city streets and the lack of breathable air, laboriously rolling on and on, like a man searching his pockets over and over, knowing he’ll never have the correct change for the subway to take him someplace more bearable.

If nothing else, Rowland S. Howard has managed to show us a presence, and in the world of rock n’ roll, that’s saying something.
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