Crocodiles – Sleep Forever (Fat Possum) 13/09/2010

September 12, 2010 by  

San Diego rockers Crocodiles release the follow up to their 2009 debut with an album entitled ‘Sleep Forever’ – sleep being the appropriate word as this snooze-fest will send you into a slumber Sleeping Beauty would be proud of.

If you’re looking for an up-lifting, good time album then this is not for you. When you have track names such as ‘Stoned to Death’, ‘Girl in Black’ and ‘All My Hate and All my hexes Are for You’, and an album cover that looks to be showing a group of young children attending a funeral, then you know you are going to be taken on a trip down a very sombre road with not a happy ending in sight.

This eight-track record contains a bunch of unimaginative songs that tend to blur into one with no particular stand out or memorable tune and it does not help that, majority of the time, the vocals are drowned out by the music, meaning the lyrics are hard to figure out.

Opening with the first track ‘Mirrors’ was perhaps a wrong move. With an introduction that lasts just over two minutes, you’d expect something truly spectacular after such a long build up but sadly it fails to thrill.

However, there are a few positive moments on ‘Sleep Forever’. ‘Billy Speed’ has a particularly catchy intro which will get you up and rocking along, although it does become quite repetitive after a while. It can’t be denied either that the band’s two members, Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez, do have talent. Unfortunately, their talent does not shine out like it should on the actual CD but possibly, performed live, the album has the potential to be enjoyable.

If you liked Crocodiles first outing ‘Summer of Hate’ then I’m sure you’ll no doubt enjoy ‘Sleep Forever’ but otherwise, this is definitely not one of 2010’s top albums!

[rating:2.5]


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