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Crystal Soda Cream Work & Velocity LP 17.00EUR

Crystal Soda Cream donít sound like The Cure, they sound AS IF The Cure, and have one of the best band names in rock history (in my humble estimation). That may seem a simple feat, until you try and do it yourself. Nailing the salient elements of R. Smith and the gang takes dedication, and CSC possess that in spades, along with the ability to pretty much do anything they want within that specific space. Work & Velocity comes three years after the last LP, and while it isnít hitting me as hard as 2013ís Escape From Vienna, I get the feeling itís me, not them. They managed a collection of songs here that provides plenty of worthwhile moments to freeze in your mind if you need to feel the post-punk coursing through your brittle veins. I guess I just donít personally need that right now. But I know that when I come around, gift-wrapped numbers like ďSeptemberĒ will be there to break my fall like a dozen mattresses and hundreds of silk pillows, all goth-black, of course. Itís (along with ďExpedition CorpsĒ and its lilting tempo, lyrical guitar lines) the perfect offering if you enjoy what Crystal Soda Cream get down to, complete with addictive echo-guitar in the intro, an earwig of a synth line, tom tom-led verses that kick out the clutter for a breakdown-ish feel, and a wordless chorus that soars above all without even trying. And thatís the point, I suppose. Despite my reservations (which Iíve done a rather poor job of explaining/defending/rationalizing), Crystal Soda Cream turn effortlessness into an artform, cranking out seamless track after seamless track without breaking a sweat, and because of that itís easy to neglect the gravity of what theyíre accomplishing with each atmospheric stab of guitar and energetic rumble of drums. Work & Velocity also is commercially viable in a strange, sinister way; if CSC ever got a break and a few influential backers they could probably crack the top-20, which I genuinely can say for about 10 percent of the bands I review in the hallowed web-pages of Cerberus. Itís not a potential to be taken lightly. Friends of mine had a band years ago and they made fun of this group that opened for them; next thing they knew, that act was headlining tours and running circles around my confused colleagues. Yeah, thatís what you get for turning your back on a band that has that intangible IT, an IT I can say with surety Crystal Soda Cream posses. As this seems to be the most confusing, confounding review Iíve ever written, Iíll shut things down, but not before giving you one last tip: Give this beverage a sip (YouTube link below) and see how it hits you before assuming you know anything.

This product was added to our catalog on Friday 18 May, 2018.
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