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4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate creatures
I've come rather late to this band and initially found the listening experience a bit disappointing with the muddy vocals low in the mix and the sound very fuzzy but it certainly improves with repeated listens.
Definitely riding on the coat tails of the JAMC and the BRMC their sound is very reflective of their CD artwork which is overwhelmingly monochrome (albeit...
Published 20 months ago by Peter Hill

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3.0 out of 5 stars Depends On Your Point Of View
It's not just bands that evolve, their fans do too and it's only natural therefore that they may not evolve in parallel. In fairness, San Diego outfit Crocodiles are yet to deviate far from their original template of surf-rock, indie fuzz and outright pop save perhaps for shelving their shoegaze leanings and cleaning up the general fidelity of their recordings. As such,...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Depends On Your Point Of View, 19 Aug. 2013
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Gannon (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Crimes of Passion (Audio CD)
It's not just bands that evolve, their fans do too and it's only natural therefore that they may not evolve in parallel. In fairness, San Diego outfit Crocodiles are yet to deviate far from their original template of surf-rock, indie fuzz and outright pop save perhaps for shelving their shoegaze leanings and cleaning up the general fidelity of their recordings. As such, Crimes Of Passion will be absolute nectar to many fans. Every track is undeniable pop gold, yet casual listeners, who may have moved on to more adventurous sonics in recent years, could find these same songs a bit wanting.

The outrageously catchy opener, for example, comes on like Black Rebel Motorcycle Club mucking about with bar-room honky tonk, but so too does it choose to overcook the mix with backing by soul singer Afrodyete of Breakestra - an unnecessary studio indulgence that also recently snared Yeah Yeah Yeahs` otherwise solid hit "Sacrilege".

The leather-clad single, "Cockroach", then struts its way across the dancefloor in full rockstar mode and there's a fine Stone Roses-cum-Primal Scream snarl in "Gimme Some Annihilation" too. Enjoyable as these two cuts are, they're probably overly predictable all the same.

Continuing Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez`s love affair with the poppiest end of the Jesus & Mary Chain canon, "Marquis De Sade" has more bite to it, splicing 50s rock `n' roll with freak-out sax. And with Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes fame on production, "She Splits Me Up" partners that same tell-tale strain of sad rock with the precise jangle of old indie, a gateway track to a host of wistful tunes where fuzzed-up melody is king.

Crimes Of Passion is probably Crocodiles' most consistent album to date, but it comes unstuck should your expectations be set higher that decent quality nostalgic rock. These are nevertheless ten fairly faultless tunes limited only by their chosen medium.

Advised downloads: "Gimme Some Annihilation" and "Marquis De Sade"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Passionate creatures, 18 Nov. 2013
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Peter Hill ""yoghurtknitter"" (Waterville Ireland) - See all my reviews
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I've come rather late to this band and initially found the listening experience a bit disappointing with the muddy vocals low in the mix and the sound very fuzzy but it certainly improves with repeated listens.
Definitely riding on the coat tails of the JAMC and the BRMC their sound is very reflective of their CD artwork which is overwhelmingly monochrome (albeit brightly so) throughout the whole cover design/layout and also the booklet (a bit of a waste if you ask me), looking very New York Dolls(ish) in style, and the whole album except for the final track is similarly monotone but nonetheless pretty good.
In fact as i'm listening to the album whilst i write this i'm thinking it's actually better than my musings actually suggest!!
If you like 80's scuzzy guitar indie you'll love this and why not, it was a great era.
The final ballad is actually the worst track on the album suggesting the more upbeat numbers should perhaps have been maintained for one more track?
I started initially thinking this was 3 stars and worth 6 out of 10 but at this minute, half way through track 8, i think 4 stars and 7 out of 10 is more appropriate i.e give it a a few listens and drink in the hazy atmosphere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crocodiles Ever!!!, 26 May 2014
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Frank Bozic Jr. (brazil) - See all my reviews
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I really enjoy this new record, I still use to listen it when I turn on my computer and start to looking for something to do, this is my fav. soundtrack, Indie rock and new possibilities, enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crocodiles - Crimes of Passion, 21 Sept. 2013
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Possibly Crocodiles best album . The item was, reasonably priced and obviously in good condition as was brand new .
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