When Rowell and Welchez hit the mark, the results are very, very good. "The Boy Is A Tramp" — arguably the album's strongest moment — is a dreamy blend of scuzzy Jesus and Mary Chain-style indie pop and late-1960s vintage keyboard sounds, while "Hard" shows the pair to be well-above-average writers of crisp, catchy glam pop. On the lush "Blue," a hypnotic riff and thick fog of reverb add an unsettling aura of menace to the song's narcotic shoegaze.
Despite those high points and some smart sonic touches on other songs (a salsa beat on "Kool TV," a skronky middle-eight on "Transylvania"), much of the rest of Boys fades too easily in the background. Sure, it's got a nice beat and you can often dance to it, but Crocodiles have shown in the past that they are capable of much more. (Zoo Music)