Summer Of Hate - Crocodiles
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  • Summary: The debut album for the indie-rock duo from San Diego who were previously members of The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel Tower.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. As the ever-crescendoing title track hits its final, clangorous stride, its crash signals something worthy of more than just fleeting cyberlove.
  2. Even without 'Neon Jesus'--the single that garnered Crocodiles quite a bit of web attention just before this release--Summer of Hate stands strong as a tremendous debut: one that pays heavy tribute to its influences while never seeming overly derivative.
  3. This is drone ambiance for your buds, and Buds. Meaning: Crocodiles did good!
  4. This is a repeat-ready 34 minutes of melodic pop pushed to the disintegration point and beyond. Welcome to the art-punk renaissance.
  5. 60
    It's hard not to be seduced by the pure enthusiasm the duo have for wailing feedback, white light/white heat and archaic teen rebellion. [Aug 2009, p.103]
  6. 60
    They build on the West Coast blueprint for strung-out, psychotropic darkness, tracking back to The Crystals via Mary Chain and leaning heavily on the reverb and delay. However, it's hedonism, not retro homage that floats the Crocodiles' boat. [Jul 2009, p.84]
  7. Instead of focusing on one idea and shaping it into something unique, though, the album tries its hand at everything that is "now" (noise-pop, dance rock, etc.) and owns none of it.

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  1. TatTape
    Sep 10, 2009
    5
    FAKE. They stole good things from Mary Chain, Suicide, 90s lo-fi music, and just ruined them all. Maybe just listen to bands like Crystal Stilts, Box Elders, Times New Viking, Dum Dum Girls, or even Wavves instead. Expand