Other Ways of Speaking 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… 2003-04-08 Russell Crowe 30 Odd Foot of Grunts
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Other Ways of Speaking (2003)

Russell Crowe, 30 Odd Foot of Grunts | GRUNTS WORK Crowe (with his bandmates) should stick to acting
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GRUNTS WORK Crowe (with his bandmates) should stick to acting

Details Release Date: Apr 08, 2003; Lead Performances: Russell Crowe and 30 Odd Foot of Grunts

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 Apr 14, 2003 Published in issue #705 Apr 18, 2003 Order article reprints
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