English emo rockers Bob Tilton originally released Crescent in 1996 on vinyl on Subjugation Records. The band's debut was certainly groundbreaking, intertwining intense emotional epics with broken-down and heartfelt soliloquies. The intense urgency of songs like "She Sings but Once" and "Palm Reading" somehow sets the group apart from homogenous American-grown emo groups. The pace slows down on tracks like "Butterscotch" and "Crescent," showcasing the band's ability to take a break from their otherwise over-the-top theatrics. What makes this album powerful is its ability to gracefully alternate between loud and soft and fast and loud. The album was certainly influential in the transformation of the new elegant form of punk: emo. The album was recorded in mid-1996. Southern Records re-released Crescent on CD with a bonus track in 1999.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cramer