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“Craig Marshall - Point Of View (Big Ticket) This is a scorching power pop CD. It crackles with great songs from the get go! There are traces of Neil Finn influence at the crunchy end of his Crowded House material, with a bit of XTC thrown in for good measure. There are so many good songs it is difficult to know where to start! The most immediate and radio friendly song is (ironically) "Radio Girl" which should raise his profile if it gets played on the radio. There are also three tracks that sound as if Macca himself could have written from The Rubber Soul and Revolver era, namely "When You Come Back Down", "Paper Cut" and "Lost In Space". This album is how it should be, with songs that have intelligent lyrics, great hooks and fine musicianship. Did I say power pop, I meant to say POWERFUL pop. Highly recommended. www.craigmarshall.com ”
“The King of Austin Pop! I was so excited to learn that Craig Marshall had completed work on his self-produced CD, "Point of View" -- with Jon Notarthomas on lead guitar and vocals, John Thomasson on bass-with drums and percussion by Jason McKenzie and Jeff Botta, keyboard help from Derek Morris and Sam Lipman, some steel guitar from Charlie Richards, and harmonies on one track by Jo Beth Henderson. Craig, of course, is also the lead singer in the jazz swing cover band The Lucky Strikes (he is also a fine guitarist!) -- but since hearing his pop songs years ago at the now-defunct Woody's South, I have admired his pop songwriting. This THIRD solo CD (after "Popular Crimes" and "Before the Fadeaway") includes some of my all-time favorites, led by "Lost in Space" and"Radio Girl," but all of the songs are singable, catchy tunes that bring back that feeling that anything is possible for those with a song in their hearts...BUY THIS! ”
“...Craig Marshall, whose Popular Crimes and Before The Fadeaway established the Austinite as someone worth giving a listen. Now he's back with his third disc, Point of View, and fans of artists like Jim Boggia, Richard X. Heyman and fellow Texans Fastball will definitely want to give it a spin. "Difficult" might be one of his best tracks yet. It's a hooky and melodic number as they go, and then around the two-minute mark we get a nice piano break and some Beatlesque harmonies before the chorus fadeout. Other standouts include the British Invasion-inspired "I Know What It's Like", the roots-rocking "When You Come Back Down", and the gorgeously melodic "Paper Cut", which almost sounds like a Brian Wilson version of Badfinger's "Day After Day". Also of note is "One Face In The Crowd", which is where the Fastball comparison comes in. I'm already looking forward to album #4. ”
“Craig Marshall Before the Fadeaway (Big Ticket) A far cry from Marshall's Lucky Strikes, Before the Fadeaway collects orchestrated guitar pop in the vein of Badly Drawn Boy and Sondre Lerche. Boasting collaborators like Trish and Darin Murphy, Kevin Lovejoy, and Erik Wofford, Marshall's sophomore LP lacks only that certain something that makes an album stand out from the pack. ”
“Popular Crimes (Big Ticket) So where's the crime in being popular? Craig Marshall seems to be out to prove there isn't one. Though the longtime local singer describes this album as "alt-pop," there's very little alt and plenty of pop here, starting with the first track, "Desperately." Even without the prominent harmony vocals of Tony Scalzo, the number could pass for a Fastball tune. And so it continues; "Knock Me Down" has a sweet Burt Bacharach feel to it, and all down the line the songs continue their parade of strong pop-rock. Sure, there's a cliché or two, but love songs and such are part of the game, aren't they? Marshall's head crooner for the Lucky Strikes, and thus has no problem fronting these less-demanding songs vocally. He solidifies the effort with an assembly of fine local musicians like Ron Flynt, Darin Murphy, Jon Sanchez, and more. A fine solo debut. Officers, release this man! * * *”
“Hip hello from Austin Since he moved from Syracuse to Texas more than a decade ago, Craig Marshall has made a nice name for himself as the front man for the Austin band The Lucky Strikes "Popular Crimes" is his first solo disc. The former member of Syracuse rockabilly-country-rock band The Delta Rays is going in much the same direction of his former band mate in that group, Maura Kennedy. Marshall's 10 songs on "Popular Crimes" are bright, bouncy and extremely catchy. Like the Kennedys, Marshall's bouncy sound can seem as if it had come off the turntables of years past, with solid craftsmanship lyrically and musically. From the first cut, the racing "Desperately" and on down the road, it's obvious that Marshall's poppin' fresh. "Popular Crimes" has 10 songs and runs 38:11. Put it on when: You want a peek at where Marshall's music has traveled since his Syracuse rockabilly days. The view is lush - pop filled with catchy hooks and friendly persuasions.”