Punk: Year in Review 2010
Crime In Stereo make no bones about having vision. Slow building shoegaze atmospherics build into muscular, frantic bombardments bursting with sing-along choruses. Beatles-esque chord turns aren't afraid to swell into squalls of guitar noise, stabbing like a controlled Omar Rodriguez-Lopez freak-out. Melodic instincts of that sophistication aren't exactly common for a group so undeniably punk. The band's willingness to stalk a catchy song idea and rough it into a shape befitting of their sonic mandate is one of the album's most exciting traits. It's a shame this proved to be the band's swan song.
Scott A. Gray
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