Album reviews: Allison Crutchfield & Mark Eitzel

This week’s album reviews I’ve written over on are Allison Crutchfield and Mark Eitzel.

Allison Crutchfield – Tourist In This Town


Allison Crutchfield is the twin sister of Katie Crutchfield of Waxahatchee, and she fronted her very own indie-pop outfit called Swearin’ up until not that long ago. On Swearin’s demise, she started writing her own solo stuff, and this is her debut. It’s a great album, full of big shiny pop tunes (which may surprise long-term fans of Crutchfield’s more abrasive earlier work), and brings to mind names such as Neko Case, Jenny Lewis and Best Coast. Read the full review here.

Mark Eitzel – Hey Mr Ferryman


Eitzel is best known as the voice of American Music Club, the influential cult band from San Francisco active in the late 80s/early 90s. For his latest solo album he’s teamed up with Bernard Butler who produces and plays a whole load of instruments on the album. It’s full of sardonic humour and beautiful lyrical imagery, and is rather more upbeat than previous Eitzel work. Check out the full review here.

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