If someone asked me to rank the four albums by Crocodiles, it would be explained thusly: I can't. The band's debut, Summer Of Hate, was a great album out of the gate. With their second Fat Possum effort, Sleep Forever, they took a huge leap forward, landing high on nearly everyone's top albums of 2010. With that, 2012's Endless Flowers, and now Crimes Of Passion (both from Frenchkiss Records), it's nearly impossible to put these in any kind of order or quality. This is a compliment as these last three records have been unreal.
Leading off, the band has some R&B piano and wonderful soulful background vocals in “I Like It In the Dark”. The band's sound mingles with this perfectly and recalls an indie rock version of Prince. They follow that up with the straight up Grade A garage pop of “Marquis de Sade”. Some pretty harmonizing starts in “Teardrop Guitar” and continues into “She Splits Me Up”, which could leave listeners in a diabetic coma, it's so sugary. Even their songs about violence have a sunny disposition (“Me and My Machine Gun”). “Gimme Some Annihilation”, in particular, is likely to get crowds chanting, “he's as good as gone”.
From the first note, Crocodiles let you know you're in for a treat. Single string guitar pieces accent the tracks as they pierce through the fuzzy palette. The band just keeps feeding you until you're gorged on reverb-drenched, jangly goodness. It's like eating at a Brazilian steakhouse. Everything is excellent and it's expensive, so you try to eat your weight in swords of meat. You'll never be so musically deliciously sick.
Crime Of Passion is out now on LP, CD, and download at all self-respecting retailers. Crocodiles bring their lovely shoegazing to the Empty Bottle on Sat Nov 16.