Michael Krapovicky’s solo debut

Kinda grumpy
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  October 19, 2011

It's likely you've seen him with the Grumps somewhere. The band play most of the local spots all over the state, and Michael Krapovicky plays bass behind frontman Ryan Halliburton. Turns out Krapovicky has songs, too, though, and he's released an eight-song solo album, Lowlife, populated with tracks he put together for the RPM Challenge in 2008 and 2010, along with some newer self-recorded work.

The older stuff is a bit Jersey, including the piano ballad "Here and There," where Krapovicky is gritty and growly, but also kind of camp, as he is with the organ-filled "Seasons," about a gambling addict I didn't quite believe. On the newer tracks, Krapovicky is higher in register and lighter in delivery, from the reverb-warm "Lowlife" to the jazzy "Weekend Warrior," both of which are charming and self-aware.

The album sometimes suffers from overly digital tone where it should be warmer and Krapovicky does things like toggle the channel from left to right as he sings "I am here/And you are there." Three of the songs stretch toward six minutes without any good reason. These are the things that populate self-recorded debut albums, though.

Lowlife | Released by Michael Krapovicky | reverbnation.com/michaelkrapovicky

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