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Classic Album Review: Econoline Crush | Brand New History

Trevor Hurst tries to expand beyond his modern-rock roots with trip-pop & folk-hop.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


Virden, Man.’s favourite son Trevor Hurst is moving in some pretty impressive circles these days. How impressive? Well, how about this: The Cult are his backing band on Make It Right, the opening cut and first single on his new album Brand New History.

Pity they didn’t stick around for the rest of the disc, though; after Billy Duffy’s blistering guitar crunch fades, the rest of this dozen-song set heads south as Trevor tries to expand beyond his modern-rock roots by delving into synthesized trip-pop and jangly folk-hop. Only a couple of tracks — notably Trash and the Nine Inch Nails-influenced Go Off — manage to stake out some new sonic terrain while still bringing the rock like Econoline Crush used to. Still, Hurst’s ever-expanding talents as a songwriter infest even his second-rate tracks with enough catchy hooks to ensure you’ll be hearing this album on an FM station near you for some time to come.