Starting All Over| Posted September 29, 2008
When Dashboard Confessional hit the big time in 2001, every broken-hearted emo scene kid picked up a guitar hoping to be the next Chris Carraba. But over the years, only one artist seems to have demonstrated the potential to follow in those same steps—without sounding like a knock-off. Hailing from Greenville, S.C., Corey Crowder originally recorded as A Farewell to Arms, but is now content to record under his own name. Crowder creates an acoustic/folk country sound akin to classic singer/songwriters from the ’70s, with a touch of early ’90s pop-rock radio, with a vocal delivery and tone similar to John Mayer.
Unlike Corey’s previous effort, which was primarily an all-acoustic album, Starting All Over includes additional instrumentation on more than half of the songs. “Taking Back Roads” is a standout track, with the emotional movements throughout and the lines “We’re trying to slow down before things go too far. Taking back roads to where God only knows.” “April 25” changes up the pace of the album, featuring just Crowder and a piano.
With his songs already garnering airtime on shows like MTV’s “The Real World,” it is only a matter of time before Corey Crowder is heard by the masses. - Brad Moist
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