Crimes of Passion - Crocodiles
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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the San Diego duo of Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez was produced by Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Aug 8, 2013
    San Diego’s Crocodiles have absolutely nailed album number four.
  2. Aug 13, 2013
    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.
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    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
    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.
  5. Aug 21, 2013
    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.
  6. Aug 23, 2013
    The new record basks in Endless Flowers' sunny afterglow, but the songs here are brasher, nervier, and a lot more fun.
  7. Aug 16, 2013
    Mediocrity this aggressive should cancel itself out at some point. [No. 101, p.53]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Sep 13, 2013
    Crocodiles 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.
  2. Sep 14, 2013
    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 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. Collapse