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Other Ways of SpeakingActors reveal characters. Singers reveal themselves. Russell Crowe may be masterful at the former, but though he's made music for a full decade, Other...Other Ways of SpeakingActors reveal characters. Singers reveal themselves. Russell Crowe may be masterful at the former, but though he's made music for a full decade, Other...2003-04-18
Russell Crowe, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts

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Other Ways of Speaking

Lead Performer: Russell Crowe; Producer (group): Artemis; Status: In Season

Actors reveal characters. Singers reveal themselves. Russell Crowe may be masterful at the former, but though he’s made music for a full decade, Other Ways of Speaking, his new CD with 30 Odd Foot of Grunts, still sounds like a vanity project.

The Grunts’ tunes milk folk-rock clichés, while Crowe’s vocals strain with faux sensitivity. A guest duet with Chrissie Hynde nails the problem: When she sings, he disappears.

Originally posted April 18 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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