Abe Vigoda – Crush

October 18, 2010

Earning high returns requires a willingness to take on more risk. Or so the theory went, before the big bank bailouts.

On their new lp “Crush,” however, Abe Vigoda do their part to set things straight again. Here, the band replaces its former “Tropical Punk” with a darker, synth-based alternative that draws inspiration from “Scary Monsters” era Bowie, the Cure, Echo & the Bunnymen, and other classic contributors to the soundtrack of the 1980s.

Yes, the risks were high; but the payoffs come in even higher, as evidenced by the fact that “Repeating Angel,” one of the album’s best tracks, performed live below, compares favorably, I’d say, to anything on “Songs to Learn and Sing.” And overall the lp stands together with Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest” and No Age’s “Everything in Between” as what will surely be remembered as three classic albums of 2010.

Stepping back a bit, the comparison to Bowie may be useful for broader purposes as well. Abe Vigoda have evolved so quickly and so successfully through such a wide variety of styles, the big question, as this Tiny Mix Tapes review points out, is where they’ll be heading next. I can’t wait to see.


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