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Great Crusades - Keep Them Entertained

  by Helen Tipping

published: 18 / 2 / 2008

Great Crusades - Keep Them Entertained
Label: Glitterhouse Records
Format: CD


Angry and energetic sixth album from Chicago-based band, the Great Crusades

'Keep Them Entertained' is the sixth album from the Great Crusades, and is far more rocky / punk than the previous album of theirs which I reviewed for Pennyblackmusic – 'Welcome to The Hiawatha Inn'. Sadly I’ve missed out on album number five, 'Four Thirty', which was apparently bluesier, but this latest record is definitely a move in a new direction. Brian Krumm’s voice is as gravelly as ever, and this album is still reminiscent in sound of early Nick Cave before he turned to balladeering. There’s a real rockabilly sound and it’s a really lively album. It still deals with the darker side of life - child abuse, wife beating, lost love and suicide, but also the seamy advertising that pervades bill boards and the backs of buses with 'Sex Sells'. I don’t, however, sense the sadness that was prevalent on 'Welcome to Hiawatha Inn'. There’s anger and excitement and energy, all of which adds up to a great album.

Track Listing:-
1 Christina Flatbush
2 Broken Umbrella
3 On a Fast Moving Train
4 Forgiven for an Hour or Two
5 Paradise (At The Petite Four)
6 Sex Sells (So I'll See You in Hell)
7 Keep Them Entertained
8 I Don't Remember
9 Demolishin a Bottle of Wine
10 Why'd You Have to Do This to Me?
11 The Bucket of Blood
12 The Moon Cried Don't Do It

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Keep Them Entertained (2009)
Hit and miss sixth album from manic Chicago-based band the Great Crusades, who when theyt stick to their rockabilly and blues roots continue to excel
Welcome To The Hiawatha Inn (2004)

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