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Crimes
V2 Records

Rating: 8/10 ?


October 1, 2004

Naming your album Crimes is like painting a big, fat target on your chest for a record review. It's almost too easy. "It's a crime that this album isn't better." "The only crime is that their new one doesn't live up to their old stuff."

It's a crime that I don't have anything wittier or more creative to say than this album is pretty damn good.

The Blood Brothers started out unique, and while changing their sound over the past four albums, they still keep quite a distance in front of the rest of the pack. Crimes is the latest in an evolution that has seen the band complicate their sound without losing any of the confrontational nature or acerbic tone of their previous efforts.

The double assault of yelping and screaming from Jordan Billie and Johnnie Whitney is periodically toned down a bit, if only in an attempt to save their vocal chords from complete shredding. The dip in vocal aggressiveness is made up for by the increased importance of melody in the band's new songs. As unbelievable as it may seem to the long time fan, there is a fair amount of what my parents would consider "singing" all over this one.

Musically, Crimes picks up where Burn Piano Island, Burn left off. The hyper punk/hardcore sound provides the framework, while studio time and adventurousness tug the album in multiple directions. Time changes, assorted instruments, and reckless abandon make this anything but what you've come to expect from kids in tight pants screaming into a microphone and playing their guitars really fast.

This is not a get-rich-and-famous album by any means. It is instead made by musicians who have matured and evolved over the past few years. The raw punk of youth has grown into more intelligent and interesting music. The dark, sinister themes and inimitable thrashing are still here, but so are the pianos and multiple song structures. It would be a crime if you didn't take a minute to listen to it.

Reviewed by Kevin Alfoldy
An aspiring global adventurer who cut his teeth on the sandy beaches and dirty bitches of Southern California, Kevin Alfoldy now spends his non-vacation days in Brooklyn, New York, where he occasionally finds the time to rub the crust out of his eyes long enough to contribute reviews and feature articles for LAS. A longtime staff member, Kevin also captains the tattered, often half-sunk raft of EPmd, our irregular column of EP reviews.

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