Crimes of Passion

Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
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  1. Aug 8, 2013
    90
    San Diego’s Crocodiles have absolutely nailed album number four.
  2. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    Crimes of Passion is playful, real, genuine, and just a bit naughty.
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    Crocodiles have never been content to stick to one sound and ride it into the ground; they always seem to be searching for the perfect way to transmit their brand of noise and pop. They just might have found it here.
  4. Aug 16, 2013
    80
    Without a doubt, this is their strongest and most cohesive collection of tracks to date.
  5. Aug 13, 2013
    80
    Crimes Of Passion finds Crocodiles in scintillating form and is full of the kind of carefree rock that should make them more popular than they are.
  6. 80
    Crimes of Passion is a stellar fourth effort and may prove to be the defining record in what surely will be a long career ahead for the Crocodiles.
  7. Aug 8, 2013
    80
    Overseen by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes, all the songs are so instant that it makes the album something of an onslaught on the senses - multiple listens will be needed for clear favourites to reveal themselves in a slow strip tease.
  8. Aug 23, 2013
    70
    While the album is the closest Crocodiles have come to achieving their own unique brand of tuneful clamor, there's still a sense that they can't quite move away from the blueprint of the new-wave artists that inspired them.
  9. 70
    For what it is--the latest installment in a tradition of sad dudes trying to numb their pain with upbeat pop--it does its job well.
  10. Aug 21, 2013
    70
    Despite being nothing original, Crimes of Passion comes off a good rehashing of the genre, making you rethink what Jesus and The Mary Chain's Just Like Honey really meant.
  11. 70
    An album of washed out, happy-sad, semi-psychedelic sounds that glower as much as they gleam, it’s perfect for those 3am mornings when you’re full of alcohol and regret.
  12. Aug 16, 2013
    70
    There are enough unexpected moments--a nice peppering of saxophone, the gospel choir on "I Like It In the Dark" and the velvety hum of closing ballad "Un Chant D'Amour--to distinguish this as the best album yet by these sunglasses-at-night-wearing rockers.
  13. Alternative Press
    Aug 8, 2013
    70
    A tastefully echo-bathed, psychocandy-flavored production job by the Raveonetts' Sune Rose Wagner, and you've got a soaring and psychedelic dream-pop stunner that will leave you wondering how being bummed can feel so inanely good. [Sep 2013, p.88]
  14. Aug 23, 2013
    69
    The new record basks in Endless Flowers' sunny afterglow, but the songs here are brasher, nervier, and a lot more fun.
  15. Oct 7, 2013
    60
    The album is diverting, pleasant, and completely undemanding; it’s the perfect soundtrack to a sunny afternoon or a road trip down the highway.
  16. Uncut
    Aug 8, 2013
    60
    "I Like It In The Dark" [is] a hurricane of piano boogie, metal guitar, echoes, poetry and reverb that the rest of the LP can never quite match. [Sep 2013, p.86]
  17. Aug 23, 2013
    50
    Like the previous three Crocodile outputs, Crimes of Passion is forgettable like a party might be. Some may get sick of it and leave early, and others may find the album similar to a one night stand who says all the right things.
  18. Magnet
    Aug 16, 2013
    10
    Mediocrity this aggressive should cancel itself out at some point. [No. 101, p.53]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jan 10, 2015
    9
    This Crocodiles album really has a wide variety of styles. On tracks like Gimme Some Annihilation, Cockroach, and I Like it in the Dark, itThis Crocodiles album really has a wide variety of styles. On tracks like Gimme Some Annihilation, Cockroach, and I Like it in the Dark, it shows a punk/ no wave influence. Tracks like She Splits Me Up and Marquis de Sade oddly enough show doo wop tracings. Crocodiles are a band with a breathe of fresh air and this album proves my statement. Full Review »
  2. Sep 14, 2013
    8
    Crimes of Passion is Crocodiles' best album yet by a distance. They do nothing new but they do it well, and here that level is consistentlyCrimes of Passion is Crocodiles' best album yet by a distance. They do nothing new but they do it well, and here that level is consistently high, it's an album best utilised if you're coming home from a party late at night but still hanging around with close friends, stick this on to keep it all alive. It harks back to late 80's early 90's noise pop and shoegaze but unlike previous albums does not feel derivative. Full Review »
  3. Sep 13, 2013
    9
    Crocodiles seemed to always have the potential in them to make a damn good record and with Crimes of Passion they have finally met thatCrocodiles seemed to always have the potential in them to make a damn good record and with Crimes of Passion they have finally met that potential. Crimes of Passion is a strong record the whole way through with the second half of the album in particular standing out.

    Where previously the band seemed to have taken a feckless approach to recording their albums there is a certain confidence and swagger on display here and it works very well. Me and My Machine Gun is a standout track for me.

    It's disappointing to see that one bad critic review has skewed the metascore on here and it's
    opened my eyes a bit as to how inaccurate metacritic can be as a guide sometimes.
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