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100 Albums: "Crimes Of Passion" by Crocodiles

Kurt is going through his favorite records. Read the explainer or view the master list.

Artist: Crocodiles
Title: Crimes Of Passion
Released: 2013
Genre: lo-fi indie rock


Crocodiles was born out of the mid-aughts punk movement, tied to bands like Some Girls, Dum Dum Girls, and The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower. They got some buzz in late 2010 with an instrumental song called Kill Joe Arpaio, which drew the ire of the actual Joe Arpaio, who thought he would show them by tweeting his disdain at them. You know, like an idiot. (He also misattributed the song to Alligators. You know, like an idiot.)

Crimes Of Passion is a breezy thirty-four minute jaunt through lo-fi noise pop. The songs are a soup of guitars and horns, held together by catchy guitar leads and staticky vocals slathered in reverb and delay. In the garage rock tradition, the writing has just the tiniest hint of surf-rock in it, enough to give it a little bit of old-timey shimmer that belies the stylistically rough production values. The best song is Heavy Metal Clouds, and it's a pretty good indicator of what you can expect from this album. I Like It In The Dark is a rollicking piano-driven opener. Teardrop Guitar is delightful (even if the guitar hook feels a bit borrowed from R.E.M.'s Pop Song 89). And Me And My Machine Gun makes for an excellent late-album mope, because you need just a tinge of depressed angst twenty minutes in to a thirty minute record. All in all, this is just well-constructed noise pop. Fun, accessible, and inoffensive despite trying to feel just the teensiest bit dangerous.

Further Listening: I don't know any other Crocodiles records, but I suppose I need to check some out. They've got seven (!) albums out now.

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