Other Ways of Speaking

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Despite all best intentions, this Aussie crew have come to be known as Russell Crowe plus five -- a state of affairs that TOFOG seems to have resigned itself to, given the decision to plaster a close-up of the actor's mug on the album's cover. Even so, Other Ways of Speaking doesn't have the tenor of a vanity project. Crowe's not a bad singer -- his cool baritone suggests a less nuanced Chris Isaak -- but he's out of his depth on ballads like "Unfaithful Man." Things perk up a bit when Chrissie Hynde drops in for the love-hate duet "Never Be Alone Again," but Other Ways of Speaking is best when the band kicks into higher gear. On tracks like the polyrhythmic "Mission ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
Despite all best intentions, this Aussie crew have come to be known as Russell Crowe plus five -- a state of affairs that TOFOG seems to have resigned itself to, given the decision to plaster a close-up of the actor's mug on the album's cover. Even so, Other Ways of Speaking doesn't have the tenor of a vanity project. Crowe's not a bad singer -- his cool baritone suggests a less nuanced Chris Isaak -- but he's out of his depth on ballads like "Unfaithful Man." Things perk up a bit when Chrissie Hynde drops in for the love-hate duet "Never Be Alone Again," but Other Ways of Speaking is best when the band kicks into higher gear. On tracks like the polyrhythmic "Mission Beat" and the high desert–tinged "Painted Veil," there's a choogling confidence that outstrips the band's last release, Bastard Life or Clarity. Nothing fancy leaps out of the grooves here: The music is solid, no-frills pub rock, and Crowe's lyrics, while sometimes a bit too wordy for his own good, seldom sink into self-importance. The disc concludes with a hooting version of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," further proof that the outcast spirit is alive and well Down Under.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps it was inevitable that 30 Odd Foot of Grunts would always be seen through the prism of Russell Crowe, since anytime celebrities particularly ones that famous front a rock band, it is forever seen as their band. In Crowe's case, he is the group's lead singer and chief songwriter, but calling the band simply his implies that they are a vanity project, when the group had been active for a decade prior to the 2003 release of their third album, Other Ways of Speaking, and Crowe had been recording for even longer. If anything, his status as a superstar and Oscar-winning actor hurts the band, because it makes it much harder for the group to be taken seriously, which is something they do deserve. They're an interesting band with big ambitions in the vein of U2, but tethered to the ground by the Aussie pub-rock tradition, something that produces music that pushes and pulls between two extremes. As a result, Other Ways of Speaking can often sound like an album about 10-15 years out of time, as if the group were contemporaries with Paul Kelly and shooting for serious global domination in the time when Amnesty International was holding charity concerts. This might hurt their chances of widespread recognition in 2003, but it does make for a record that is at once admirable and infuriating -- admirable because it has ambitions, infuriating because it's hard not to wish those ambitions were focused. But even with its flaws, Other Ways of Speaking is a worthy affair, not least because Crowe is a hell of a frontman, with a good husky voice, and a sturdy songwriter as well. This kind of proudly unfashionable music is much like the man himself, and if it's hard to imagine too many punters for this kind of big, sweeping music in 2003, this easily holds its own against any purveyors of "big music" from 1988-1991.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2003
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • UPC: 699675115920
  • Catalog Number: 51159

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Painted Veil
  2. 2 Never Be Alone Again
  3. 3 Mission Beat
  4. 4 What's Her Name?
  5. 5 Inside Her Eyes
  6. 6 The Same Person
  7. 7 Other Ways Of Speaking
  8. 8 Full Length Of The River
  9. 9 Afraid
  10. 10 All The White Circles
  11. 11 Unfaithful Man
  12. 12 Charlie's Song
  13. 13 Swallow My Gift
  14. 14 Farm Noises
  15. 15 Folsom Prison Blues
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Russell Crowe & 30 Odd Foot of Grunts Primary Artist
Ian McLagan Keyboards
Ric Fierabracci Musician
Brett Garsed Musician
Chrissie Hynde Vocals
Paul Lani Musician
Tommy Morgan Harmonica
Dave Wilkins Group Member
Bernie Barlow Musician
Billy Dean Cochran Group Member
Garth Adam Group Member
Russell Crowe Group Member
Stewart Kirwan Group Member
Matt Cornell Musician
Erin Workman Musician
Stu Hunter Musician
Technical Credits
Paul Lani Producer, Remixing, Pro-Tools
Julian McBrowne Engineer
Kerryn Tolhurst Producer
Craig Porteils Engineer
Kalju Tonuma Engineer
Dave Wilkins Producer
Wendy Dougan Art Direction
Frankie Verschuuren Engineer, Pro-Tools
Tal Herzberg Pro-Tools
Vlado Meller Mastering
Adrian Grigorieff Engineer
Russell Crowe & 30 Odd Foot of Grunts Producer
Jaime Sickora Engineer
Brian Humphrey Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Music

    I figure that Russell Crowe is just a Great Actor -but WOW as singer he is good . The album is great to listen,all songs are Super I recommend .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    TOFOG are great entertainers

    A must see is TOFOG in concert. Until they tour, the CD's are the next best thing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is the 6th TOFOG's CD

    ...And from the samples I heard, all I can say is that it sounds amazing!!! Russell Crowe is a great song writer. He writes most of the lyrics and some of the music also. But usually is Dean Cochran, TOFOG's guitar player who writes most of the music. I love Russell's voice, what I can say... he sings with whole his heart. This project (TOFOG) is really a work of love. And the band members are all really fine musicians, every one of them as well as great human beings and good friends. TY TOFOG for this extraordinary "gift"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frontman and Songwriter

    What other band writes 99.9% of their own music, since the Beatles. Russell Crowe and TOFOG make music and are music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Oh YEAH!

    What a thrill, new TOFOG CD, I just can't wait to lay my hands on it. The samples are great, I immediately fell for "Painted Veil", "The Same Person", "Never Be Alone Again", "Ful Lenght Of The River" and "Unfaithful Man". There are also songs like "Afraid", "Other Ways Of Speaking" and "Charley's Song" I heard before but was hoping they would make it to the album. It's so GREAT, I love tofog and I love Russ' deep voice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank you TOFOG!

    These little sound bites of OWOS really made my night! Four completely new songs (Mission Beat sounds very cool) and all the others I've been waiting to hear on my own cd player for years. Russell's duet with Ms Hynde is beautiful! The band sounds great! I know it's been a struggle to get this together, guys, but it's worth it! Can't wait to see them all again on tour!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    paitiently waiting......

    Well, its been too long....and I cant wait for this new cd to be released! I can't hear the songs so I dont know how they are, but their other cds were great so I'm sure this will be too. The cover pic is jaw dropping! Welcome back Mr. Crowe! Can't wait for the tour!

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