March 5, 2001
R.I.Y.L.
Pavement, Ween,
Rolling Stones,
Matthew Sweet
Cropduster
Drunk Uncle (We Put Out)
You know how Matthew Sweet’s big hit “Girlfriend” was such a well-embraced, much loved, put-the-top-down tune because of the way it managed to be inescapably catchy with an unforgettable, big rock riff? Well, Cropduster’s metro-country punk gem is an album full of those kind of moments. “In Yr Ear” and “Milkman,” the tunes that kick start the album, blow right in with foot tapping, head bobbing hooks. It’s the spunky addictiveness of this quartet’s power chords that has elevated the NYC-area buzz on Cropduster’s plucky rock’n’roll into something of a phenomena, with the New Jersey quartet attracting the attention of critics and collegians alike. Drunk Uncle, Cropduster’s first full-length, comes on like the bastard child of Ween and the Rolling Stones, infused with distortion and a bluesy, bar-friendly guitar. While Drunk Uncle is admittedly twangy, it strays from the alt-country style with goofy eccentricity. Rather than crying tears into their beers, Cropduster waxes poetic about not being a people-person, breaking hearts and legs, and smoking crack. Yee-Haw.

By: Amy Sciaretto

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