Endless Flowers - Crocodiles
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Jun 5, 2012
    90
    Endless Flowers is an amazing effort that deserves a place at the top of its genre. This album deserves to be heard and loved. Do yourself a favour and get yourself a copy once it hits the stores.
  2. 80
    What stands out is how Crocodiles have lightened up, embracing everything from grrrl-group alt pop to deliciously spacey new wave. [Jul 2012, p.90]
  3. Jun 4, 2012
    80
    At 10 tracks, Endless Flowers gets in, does what it does best and gets out again, leaving a stunning corpse with beautiful cheek bones.
  4. Jun 7, 2012
    74
    If only Endless Flowers were as infinite as its sound is blissful.
  5. Jun 14, 2012
    70
    Endless Flowers is an album of summer anthems for those who like their beach days mixed in with a good dose of torrential summer downpours.
  6. Jun 13, 2012
    70
    As if to remind us that they're still the weird Crocodiles, Endless Flowers's best song, the surging "My Surfing Lucifer," is preceded by a clumsy spoken-word piece (in German, of course) ... it's a sign that there's still room for Crocodiles to figure out what works and what doesn't. [No.88 p.53]
  7. Jun 13, 2012
    70
    They've produced an album worthy of a closer look.
  8. Jun 4, 2012
    70
    On Endless Flowers they wisely embrace that amorous but no less powerful approach to indie pop originally deployed by charismatic acts such as the Modern Lovers and Different Class-era Pulp. Pleasingly, it's a guise that fits them as perfectly as their sunglasses.
  9. Jun 7, 2012
    65
    The blindingly sunny Endless Flowers is an album appropriate for the beginning of the summer, all popsicles, poppy beats and poolside parties coalescing into warm nights
  10. Jun 6, 2012
    65
    Endless Flowers is Crocodiles' best album and also their most frustrating. They're simply trying to do good enough and no more.
  11. Jul 9, 2012
    60
    It features Crocodiles' most accessible work to date. [Jun 2012, p.146]
  12. Jun 6, 2012
    60
    Crocodiles play with great passion and honesty, and the album tackles every human emotion. Consider it an instant classic.
  13. 60
    Crocodiles try so much that it can be an exhausting listen, but still there is enough here to keep this outing from San Diego's noise pop outfit from wilting.
  14. Jun 4, 2012
    60
    Ultimately, Endless Flowers is a poppier, prettier record than Crocodiles have managed before.
  15. Jun 8, 2012
    50
    Unfortunately, too much of this record slows down or stops short completely, selling loud walls of sound in place of recognizable hooks and undercooked, sentimental lyrics in place of real emotion. The good stuff makes its mark and moves on, but there's just not enough of it, and the rest of Endless Flowers feels, well, endless.
  16. Oct 12, 2012
    40
    They've lost their way on the follow-up. [Jul 2012, p.97]
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  1. Jun 15, 2012
    8
    Endless Flowers is the best music of the Crocodiles's career to date. The first thing you'll notice is the tempo. The songs are waaay more effervescent this time around (the word "effervescent" is sophomoric in a review - the way "saccharine" is, usually in describing the same kind of music - but "effervescent" is the perfect word in this instance). Crocodiles's mission seems to be the classic non-sequitur of lyrical and graphic morbidity with indie pop sugar. Taking the idea to it's logical conclusion just makes sense. Endless Flowers is a phenomenal indie pop record because it's euphoric and manically depressive at the same time. Sweet and sour go together in food; they go together in music as well. Best of all, rather than just whip up a big, ol' wall of sound (the general approach on their last record, Sleep Forever), Crocodiles bounces the plush songs off of the muscular ones. The contrast between "Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9" and "No Black Clouds For Dee Dee" and "Electric Death Song" is more dynamism in three tracks than in the first two albums combined. Crazy, trippy, hippie **** (the long intro to "Hung Up On A Flower") deploy the sonic tactics that separate albums from mere collections of songs. Good (but not too good) production values round out the indie pop splendor of Endless Flowers. I can spin my wheels in praise all day. I should just say this is a great pop record, plain and simple. Full Review »