Review: Crocodiles – Crimes of Passion
Published on September 3rd, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
On their fourth album Crimes of Passion, Crocodiles continue to plough a fuzz-pop furrow that could almost be seen as a trademark by now were it not so ubiquitous.
Last year’s Endless Flowers LP upheld the charm with a sun-drunk sort of disposition, but Crimes of Passion fails to develop proceedings as much as it may think it does.
Take the baggy beat and sudden eruption of Revolver-style lead guitar within opening track “I Like It in the Dark”, each of which are welcome attempts at mixing things up but feel merely tacked on to Crocodiles’ signature sound rather than infused into it with an eye on developing it.
Kudos for the spoken word oddness at the end, mind. Indeed, Crimes of Passion has its moments of flair – “Marquis de Sade”, for instance, hits a psychedelic sweet spot with a nice application of twinkly keys – but otherwise songs are notable for sounding like passable impressions of someone else.
“She Splits Me Up” verges on early Stone Roses, while “Gimme Some Annihilation” is admittedly probably better than your average ‘Primal Scream impression of The Rolling Stones’. They’re both listenable without being entirely necessary, which unfortunately makes for a fairly neat summation of Crimes of Passion.
Crimes of Passion is out now on Zoo Music.
Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!