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4.6 out of 5 stars
+++ (Crosses)
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on 21 February 2014
I expect that most people who stumble upon this album already know who Chino Moreno is, therefore I will avoid writing at length about the Deftones singer or the way that this side project is another example of the depth of his ability. Instead, I would just like to point out that this is a fantastic album, brimming with quality and resonating on a level that is both dark and melancholic as well as energetic and lively. The tone of the album is clearly morose (as you can tell from the artwork), but the production and the lyrics meander between gloomy and jubilant with a necessary ease. The result? 15 songs with a huge range of sounds including some of the most catchy vocals of Chino's career and plenty of quality for people with both rock and electronic biases.

Some fans might have been disappointed to find that 10 of the 15 tracks were ones that had already been released on the band's first 2 EPs. However, I was excited to see the result of throwing all of these tracks, as well as a few new ones, onto a single album. The result is a full-length debut to be proud of, with high points from both the band's back catalogue (Telepathy, Frontiers, Prurient) and a few new favourites (Bitches Brew, The Epilogue, Blk Station). Chino's lyrics sound clearer and better tuned than ever, accompanying a selection of expertly produced tracks that range from ambient trip-hop to upbeat dance music. 'Telepathy', for me, is a massive highlight; an upbeat dance track with a dark pulse and catchy lyrics. 'Prurient' is another highlight, soft and delicate, yet with a strong energy during the chorus. 'The Epilogue' and 'Blk Station' are two of the more poppy and upbeat rock tracks, both excellent while tracks like 'Trophy' offer mellow respite amidst the rest. My overall favourite track is still 'Frontiers' and my one criticism of the album is that this really should have been the opening track! It builds gently and echoes around in the low keys for the start and the first verse before exploding into life and delivering a powerful chorus, complimented perfectly by lyric and sound.

15 is a lot of tracks and there are a few that I was not so keen on, but this is not enough to dissuade me of my high opinion for this album. 'This Is a Trick' and 'Death Bell' are two such track, unfortunately marking the start and the end of the CD; fortunately the majority of the songs making up the bulk of the album are truly excellent. In conclusion, I expect that I will be looking back on this album in 11 months time as one of the best of 2014 and, yes, one of Chino's best so far too. It is a big improvement from the Team Sleep project and a lot more accessible and enjoyable than the Palms LP. If anyone wants to preview before they buy, I recommend going onto Youtube and listening to 'The Epilogue', 'Frontiers' and 'Telepathy'. Enjoy!
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on 15 February 2014
I was led to this band on account of being a big fan of Deftones and vocalist Chino Moreno. You might think that after two other side projects (Team Sleep and Palms) that Chino had nothing new to offer but he is a man who clearly chooses his collaborations carefully, thinking of a new sound that will be different to anything he has done before. He has described the sound himself as Sade meets Depeche Mode.

Chino's vocals are the highlight and very recognisable but there is very little of the angst and screams that you may associate with Deftones and instead Chino's vocals are sexy and seductive. There are no crunching guitars either and instead some dark synth sounds, beats and guitar effects (courtesy of the other members Chuck Doom and Shaun Lopez).

Many of the lyrics are clearly about discovering the love of his life and the cautious steps that a couple might be making towards each other and dare I say it, is romantic. It's therefore a wonderful album to play late at night with the lights low or driving through the city with that special person in your life.
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on 24 January 2017
It's hard to look past this band as anything other than Chino Moreno's side project, and that's what it is. The other members are all now doubt talented musicians in their own right, but Chino is the big draw, the box office name most people would've heard of. This project has also gained much more attention than his previous 'Team Sleep' endeavour as well for some reason.
The songs are great, opener 'This is a Trick,' is 80's synth for the 21st Century and crucially grabs the listener's attention from the git go, Bitches Brew' is a haunting melodic epic with a traditional 'Around The Fur'-era Deftones heavy outro and is very guitar driven as 'Thhlyghost' is in parts too.
Somewhat conversely, 'Trophy' is totally stripped back and very mellow, to the point it'd fit on any genre 'chillout' album you can imagine. Whilst obviously not a completely polar opposite of Deftones, it does give you an insight of the attributes and elements of that great bands' sound that Chino brings to the party; namely a distinctly 80's 'New Wave/Romantic' vibe, odd synth sounds, unique melodies and 'less flashy than Stef Carpenter' but driving rhythm guitars.
Some tracks are fairly forgettable towards the end of the album which takes away one star.
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on 24 March 2014
Didn't expect to like it much as I'm not a Depeche mode fan and Chino said that they were a major influence. But I took a punt anyway and glad I did, it's fantastic. A real grower.
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on 31 March 2014
Another of Chino Moreno's projects! This prolific artists engages in yet another 'indie' project to expand his potential beyond the confines of Deftones and Team Sleep.

It is indie, definitely NOT like Deftones or Palms or Team Sleep, yet I liked it - but I am a bit biased, as I do like Chio's vocal style. There are mixed reviews of this album out there but I would recommend to give it a proper listen before condemning it (unjustly!) as some people did
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on 27 June 2015
Incredible album, amazed it hasn't received more recognition. Fans of Deftones and Depeche Mode will definitely enjoy it. Not a single bad track on the entire album. Crosses is much better than the Palms and Team Sleep side projects which were good but this is on another level. Highly recommended.
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on 6 October 2014
One of the best albums in my opinion. The, kind of, dark underlying tones in the sound really suits the voice of Chino Moreno
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on 7 May 2014
I'm a Deftones fan and this is a pleasant break from the norm for Chino. Can't stop playing it since it arrived in the post:)
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on 24 March 2014
Absolutely brilliant! Grips you right from the start and sets you on a aural journey, it needs to be played loud. Enjoy!
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on 13 August 2014
Chino is outstanding. Vocals are amazing and the sound is more electro than Deftones.
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