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Exclusive Album Stream: Horrible Crowes' Cinematic Debut 'Elsie'

Listen to new side project from Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon

September 1, 2011 3:40 PM ET
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Click to listen to The Horrible Crowes' album 'Elsie'

Brian Fallon, the frontman for New Jersey rockers the Gaslight Anthem, teamed up with his old friend Ian Perkins to form the Horrible Crowes, an outlet for the singer's more introspective material. Though the songs on Elsie, the band's debut, are slower and more somber than most Gaslight Anthem tunes, Fallon's gift for grand, cinematic music is still in evidence. Elsie will hit stores on September 6th, but you can stream the album in full today.

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