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Crimson Sweet
Livin' In Strut
On/On Switch

Rating: NR/10 ?


October 1, 2004
It would be an understatement to say that Crimson Sweet comes off as being inspired by the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Their press sheet is littered with references to the "fast city life" that members of Crimson Sweet are so used to, and the first song off their debut full-length CD is the aptly titled "Hello New York," a two minute power-surge that's really just a lot of guitar and drums with Polly Watson quasi-screaming "Hello New York" with a smattering of other equally uninspired lyrics. "Feel my temperature rise/got those Manhattan lies/ got those Manhattan eyes/ goslee's crazy car/drove it once around the park/goslee's crazy car/such a pansy/such a fruit."

I guess uninspired is a fair word to use in describing Crimson Sweet. There's just very little to them. On some of their faster songs they sound like a couple of the guys from Wire's younger, disproportionately less talented siblings who put together a "punk" band. Certain songs off Livin' In Strut, notably "Shandon Celebrity," sound a lot like Pink Flag-era Wire, only with female vocals that sound like they'd come out of someone who could take me in a fight. Any day.

Even in Crimson Sweet's slower songs, it is hard not to picture singer Polly Watson without a beer in her hand, sneering at whoever's listening. It's not even that her vocals are scary at all, because they aren't in the slightest. Polly hardly raises her voice most of the time. It's actually probably a certain terrible press shot I have of Crimson Sweet in which Watson truly looks ready to rumble, the type of woman no one really wants to mess with. But some of my friends are sort of tough, so I'm not too worried when I say this album probably isn't worth your while.

Reviewed by Jeanette Samyn
A contributing writer for LAS and a former music director WBAR at Barnard College.

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