0034. ††† – ††† [2014]

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Chino Moreno project.  Need I say more?  Maybe so.  This is very mellow stuff.  Kind of trip-hoppy, kind of electronic rock.  I love pretty much anything Chino touches, so when Crosses put out their first EP, I was all over it.  I honestly don’t know how to sell you on this.  I just highly, highly recommend you check it out.

Wikipedia Says:

Crosses (stylized as †††) is the debut full-length album by the American musical groupCrosses.[8] The album was released on February 11, 2014 on Sumerian Records. The album contains remastered versions of songs from the bands previous two EPs (EP 1and EP 2, respectively) as well as five new songs that were originally set to be released asEP 3. The album debuted at 26 on the Billboard Top 200 upon release. The album’s sound reflects elements of electronic rock, nu gaze,[1] dream pop,[2]ambient, dark ambient, gothic rock, trip hop, darkwave, witch house, and electronica.[2]

History

In September 2013, Crosses announced via Twitter that they were releasing their third EP on November 12 on Sumerian Records.[9] In October 2013, Crosses announced that a full-length album was set to be released on November 26, 2013 on Sumerian, and also posted the new track “The Epilogue” online for streaming.[10] The release date for the band’s eponymous debut was later pushed back to February 11, 2014, and the new track “Bitches Brew” was posted online for streaming along with the announcement.[11] On November 26, the date Crosses were originally scheduled to release their debut album, the band instead released a music video for “Bitches Brew” directed by Raul Gonzo.[12] The album contains remastered versions of all songs from the previous two EPs as well as five new tracks (essentially, EP 3). The track order intermingles new tracks and songs from both EPs.

Critical reception

Upon its release, Crosses received positive reviews from music critics. AtMetacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 74, which indicates “generally favorable reviews”, based on 9 reviews.[3] Allmusic reviewer Gregory Heaner wrote: “††† is a solid effort that stands on its own merit rather than simply cruising on the cultural cache of its members.”[2] The Boston Globe writer Ken Capobianco stated: “The music has a cinematic feel and ominous tone, as if the band is scoring a yet-to-be-made David Fincherfilm.”[13] Mike Diver of Clash wrote: “As while there’s ingredients enough here to have the listener expecting something savagely tearing at the envelope of experimentalism, Crosses proves to be a most-accessible collection – perhaps the most ‘pop’ record Moreno has realised to date.” Nevertheless, he also further added that the album “meets its pre-release hype head on, and comes away the winner.”[6]

Nevertheless, Ian Cohen of Pitchfork Media gave the album a mixed review, stating: “While ††† may be on the same scale as Deftones, they’re not a replacement, and it stands to reason that Moreno can ascend to the heights of their previous work. But on †††, it’s like he never had wings.”[1]

Track listing

No. Title Originally from Length
1. “This Is a Trick” EP 1 3:07
2. “Telepathy” EP 2 3:35
3. “Bitches Brew” 3:28
4. “Thholyghst” EP 1 4:26
5. “Trophy” EP 2 3:53
6. “The Epilogue” 3:55
7. “Bermuda Locket” EP 1 3:42
8. “Frontiers” EP 2 4:01
9. “Nineteen Ninety Four” 4:17
10. “Option” EP 1 4:24
11. “Nineteen Eighty Seven” EP 2 3:11
12. “Blk Stallion” 3:06
13. “Cross” EP 1 2:52
14. “Prurient” EP 2 4:06
15. “Death Bell” 4:12
Total length:
56:15

Note: All tracks on the album have a † in their title – substituting all t’s for the † symbol; “Cross” is simply labelled “†”.

Chart performance

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[14] 43
US Billboard 200[15] 26

Personnel

Crosses[16]

Additional musicians[16][17]

  • Duff McKagan – additional bass on “This Is a Trick”
  • Stephan Boettcher – mandolin assistance
  • Molly Carson – phone call on “Frontiers”
  • Chris Robyn (Far) – live drums

Production and artwork[16]

  • Eric Broyhill – mastering
  • Crosses – production
  • Brendan Dekora – assistant engineer
  • Shaun Lopez – production, engineering, mixing
  • Brooke Nipar – photography
  • Eric Stenman – mix engineer
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