Cross-Eyed and Bow-Legged

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The Midwestern born Tom Clark had been playing regularly since hitting New York City in 1986, yet this 2002 release marks his debut album under his own name. With a peppy, preppy boyish voice similar to Buddy Holly and fourteen twangy, strummy slices of roots pop, Clark and his band sound like they're straight off the farm, rather than NYC pros who have been pounding the pavement for years. The group exudes a breezy, chiming sound that nicely coalesces around Clark's chipper vocals. A slight C&W
ockabilly sensibility infuses even the darkest tracks with a jumpy, grinning vibe that's difficult to dislike. Clark's style reverberates ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
The Midwestern born Tom Clark had been playing regularly since hitting New York City in 1986, yet this 2002 release marks his debut album under his own name. With a peppy, preppy boyish voice similar to Buddy Holly and fourteen twangy, strummy slices of roots pop, Clark and his band sound like they're straight off the farm, rather than NYC pros who have been pounding the pavement for years. The group exudes a breezy, chiming sound that nicely coalesces around Clark's chipper vocals. A slight C&W
ockabilly sensibility infuses even the darkest tracks with a jumpy, grinning vibe that's difficult to dislike. Clark's style reverberates with echoes of the Lovin' Spoonful, The Byrds, The Searchers and even a Tom Petty-infused impish charm. The songs initially sound a little thin and similar to each other but after a few spins the melodies and clever lyrics sink in. Production by Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye provides a roomy mix, yet restrains nearly all the tracks with only one breaking the four-minute mark. Certainly Marshall Crenshaw and Matthew Sweet are points of reference but these songs are more jittery and have guitar hooks that float rather than sting. Lou Reed sideman Robert Quine guests on just one tune, but his solo adds a sinewy tension to this typically jangly fare. Too bad he didn't participate in the rest of the disc. Regardless, Clark has released a refreshingly tuneful album that perfectly encapsulates his impressive singer/songwriter talents.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/23/2002
  • Label: Blacksmith Records
  • UPC: 620953048227
  • Catalog Number: 618

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Clark & The High Action Boys Primary Artist
Robert Quine Guitar
Jeff Buckley Vocals
Pete DeCoste Drums
Graham Hawthorne Drums
Graham Maby Bass
Joe McGinty Organ, Electric Piano
Charlton Pettus Organ, Piano, Tambourine
Tony Shanahan Bass
Claude Coleman Jr. Drums
Lisa Haney Cello
Tom Clark Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Whit Smith Guitar, Electric Guitar
Phil Cohen Bass, Vocals
Brian Halverson Organ
Jeffrey Ryan Lipstein Drums
John Melville Drums
Tom Clark Indexed Contributor
Technical Credits
James A. Ball Engineer
Lenny Kaye Producer
Charlton Pettus Producer, Engineer
Drew Lavyne Mastering
Tom Clark Producer
Leon Overtoom Producer, Engineer, Remixing, overdub engineer
Saul Kessler Cover Photo, Tray Photo
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