Crippled Pilgrims

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The Crippled Pilgrims' sole LP was something of a disappointment after their unremarkable, but still modestly promising, 1984 debut EP Head Down-Hand Out. That EP made some unusual fusions between early post-punk and vaguely folk-psychedelic rock of previous traditions. Some of that sound's still present here, but the approach is often brittler, less melodic, and more meandering. Singer Jay Moglia projects a murky sense of disenchantment, yet the songs don't cut with sharp-enough riffs or focus to connect as meaningfully as they seem to want to, getting to be a mild downer over the course of a whole album. In a way the band were ahead of their time, incorporating glistening, tightly constructed guitar lines into a format that was definitively alternative/indie; the material just wasn't that great (and nor was the production). The entire album is included on the 2004 Crippled Pilgrims CD compilation Down Here: Collected Recordings (1983-1985), which also contains all six songs from the Head Down-Hand Out EP, plus a couple of alternate versions of tracks from that EP.