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  • Audio CD (31 May 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Infectious
  • ASIN: B003F7OATW
  • 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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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).
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great ending, 25 Feb. 2015
By Michael D'orazio - Published on Amazon.com
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I love Rowland S. Howards attitude, very original. His albums grow on you like a fungus. It took me many listens to get into both of his solo albums but once I got it, it was fantastic. The guitar work was amazing, lyrics were great, vocals also. It was kind of a shorter album, but well worth the money.
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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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 16 Jun. 2017
By Andrew Vidakovich - Published on Amazon.com
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one of the best albums ever
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5.0 out of 5 stars A black milk toast... 19 Feb. 2015
By Robert J. Howal - Published on Amazon.com
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If RSH had had his hand in 1000 different albums you would just have to have them all. Unfortunately the totality of his output is rather slim, thankfully not vanishingly slim. Anything Howard touched was imbued with black magic, regardless his co-conspirators. His mark is always undeniable and inimitable. That which he penned himself or appropriated to cover, as on this epitaph album, is exceptional. I could seriously do with a dozen RSH solo records, another dozen from These Immortal Souls and the same again from his other bands. Not the least of which would be in partnership with the also late and woefully under-appreciated Nikki Sudden. Check out Teenage Snuff Film which is equally terrific. If I had any inclination towards the melodramatic, which I do not, I would call Howard's work devastating. Apparently our man released into the world just so much wickedly beautiful stuff as was his destiny. A catalog of undiluted splendor. Thank you Rowland and a fond farewell...
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