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Crocodiles

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Going Up
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Stars Are Stars
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Pride
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Monkeys
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Crocodiles
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Rescue
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Villiers Terrace
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Pictures On My Wall
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All That Jazz
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Happy Death Men
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Do It Clean
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Read It In Books
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Simple Stuff
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Villiers Terrace
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Pride
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Simple Stuff
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Crocodiles
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Zimbo
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All That Jazz
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Over The Wall
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01.11.10
Echo at their dark best on this bracing debut
2005 | Label: Rhino/Warner Bros.

Echo and the Bunnymen ditched "Echo" — which is what Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant dubbed the drum machine that originally served as their rhythm section — before they got around to recording Crocodiles, the band's 1980 debut. But there are traces of Krautrock's motorik pulse nonetheless, in the form of a nervous clockwork underpinning tempered post-punk flare-ups. But in contrast to their pallid peers, even at its chilliest the Bunnymen's music feels unusually flushed;… read more »

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laughing.hyena

The Download Manager failed to download the very last song I planned to purchase on eMusic. I planned on quitting because this has happened before and customer service was miserable. eMusic used to allow you to re-download music that you had already purchased, but I'm sure people abused it. However, when someone has just purchased something and the download fails, there should be an opportunity to try again (perhaps within a 5 min. window?). eMusic customer service raked me over the coals for info about their faulty download: when I downloaded, on what kind of computer, did I follow certain steps in my Downloader settings, what message did I get when the download failed...on and on. I don't have the time to go back-and-forth and sort through 3 or 4 emails with them for 3 or 4 songs. I do have the time to write and tell them that I'm ending my monthly subscription. The prices are good, but they're also approaching the iTunes price point quickly.

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majestic mountain ranges and sweeping valleys

strangiato

nothing less than pure musical genius that commands every known emotion known to humans to mestastisize and rise to the surface!simply existential in its passion.

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Inspired by psychedelia, sure. Bit of Jim Morrison in the vocals? OK, it’s there. But for all the references and connections that can be drawn (and they can), one listen to Echo’s brilliant, often harrowing debut album and it’s clear when a unique, special band presents itself. Beginning with the dramatic, building climb of “Going Up,” Crocodiles at once showcases four individual players sure of their own gifts and their ability to bring it all together to make things more than the sum of their parts. Will Sergeant in particular is a revelation — arguably only Johnny Marr and Vini Reilly were better English guitarists from the ’80s, eschewing typical guitar-wank overload showboating in favor of delicacy, shades, and inventive, unexpected melodies. More than many before or since, he plays the electric guitar as just that, electric not acoustic, dedicated to finding out what can be done with it while never using it as an excuse to bend frets. His highlights are legion, whether it’s the hooky opening chime of “Rescue” or the exchanges of sound and silence in “Happy Death Men.” Meanwhile, the Pattinson/De Freitas rhythm section stakes its own claim for greatness, the former’s bass driving yet almost seductive, the latter’s percussion constantly shifting rhythms and styles while never leaving the central beat of the song to die. “Pride” is one standout moment of many, Pattinson’s high notes and De Freitas’ interjections on what sound like chimes or blocks are inspired touches. Then there’s McCulloch himself, and while the imagery can be cryptic, the delivery soars, even while his semi-wail conjures up, as on the nervy, edgy picture of addiction “Villiers Terrace,” “People rolling round on the carpet/Mixing up the medicine.” Brisk, wasting not a note, and burning with barely controlled energy, Crocodiles remains a deserved classic. [The 2004 expanded edition of Crocodiles restores the original U.K. running order, bumping "Do It Clean" down to the bonus track section. The Shine So Hard EP is the highlight of this very worthwhile section with excellent live versions of "Zimbo" and "Over the Wall." Also included are early versions of "Villiers Terrace," "Pride," and "Simple Stuff," as well as the McCullough/Julian Cope collaboration "Read It in Books.] – Ned Raggett

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