Crimes (album)

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Crimes
Studio album by The Blood Brothers
Released October 12, 2004
Recorded March–April 2004, Robert Lang Studios, Seattle, Washington
Genre Post-hardcore, art punk
Length 39:04
Label V2 Records
Producer John Goodmanson
The Blood Brothers chronology
...Burn, Piano Island, Burn
(2003)
Crimes
(2004)
Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck
(2005)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Drowned in Sound (9/10)[3]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[5]
Stylus Magazine 3.5/5 stars[6]

Crimes is the fourth studio album by the American band The Blood Brothers, released on October 12, 2004. It is their second major label album and their first for V2. Produced by John Goodmanson, the album was recorded in two months in the band's hometown of Seattle.

Lyrical content[edit]

Much of the lyrics for the album are a political reaction to the mass media and the military policy of the Bush administration,[7] inspired heavily by the election year of 2004. “I thought the collective dissent of our generation would bring about positive change. When that didn’t happen I felt like the bottom had fallen out,” vocalist Jordan Blilie commented.[8]

  • "Feed Me to the Forest" is "a picture of the hyper-industrialized times we live in."
  • "Trash Flavored Trash" is "about the emptiness of news media."
  • "Teen Heat" is about the distribution company Artistdirect with whom the band was having difficulties at the time.
  • "Celebrator" and "Devastator" are direct criticisms of the United States military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by The Blood Brothers.

  1. "Feed Me to the Forest" – 2:23
  2. "Trash Flavored Trash" – 2:38
  3. "Love Rhymes with Hideous Car Wreck" – 3:14
  4. "Peacock Skeleton with Crooked Feathers" – 4:31
  5. "Teen Heat" – 2:07
  6. "Rats and Rats and Rats for Candy" – 3:52
  7. "Crimes" – 4:00
  8. "My First Kiss at the Public Execution" – 2:50
  9. "Live at the Apocalypse Cabaret" – 3:12
  10. "Beautiful Horses" – 1:47
  11. "Wolf Party" – 3:28
  12. "Celebrator" – 2:16
  13. "Devastator" – 2:45

2009 reissue bonus tracks[9]

  1. "Ladies and Gentlemen" - 2:46
  2. "Metronomes" - 4:55
  3. "Crimes (alt. version)" - 3:55
  4. "Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers (alt. version)" - 3:30
  5. "Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck (live)" - 3:21
  6. "Trash Flavored Trash - Live" (Reading Festival 2005) - 2:44
  7. "Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers - Live" (Reading Festival 2005) - 4:39
  8. "My First Kiss at the Public Execution - Live" (Reading Festival 2005) - 2:35
  9. "Live at the Apocalypse Cabaret - Live" (Reading Festival 2005) - 3:45
  10. "Rats and Rats and Rats for Candy - Live" (Reading Festival 2005) - 4:04
  11. "Teen Heat - Live" (Reading Festival 2005) - 2:02

Album leak[edit]

The album originally leaked as a 19-track unmastered CD. The following tracks were on the leaked version, but did not make the final version of the album:

  • "Ladies and Gentlemen" (also known as "Champagne Party")
  • "Metronomes"
  • "Wolf Faced Gladiators" (also known as "Gladiators")
  • "Crimes (Alternate Version)"
  • "Rats And Rats And Rats For Candy (Acoustic Riff)"
  • "Noise"

Of the cut tracks, "Ladies and Gentlemen," "Metronomes," and the alternate version of "Crimes" were released on the band's Love Rhymes With Hideous Car Wreck EP released in 2006.

Personnel[edit]

The Blood Brothers
Additional performers
Production and design

Vinyl information[edit]

1st pressing: 333 copies

  • 333 Light Blue/White Marble w/ Black Labels & Screen Printed Cover (Hand Numbered) (20 of these are screened specially – pink ink goes light to dark from left to right)

2nd pressing: 3,050 copies

  • 508 Dark Red
  • 503 White
  • 513 Light Blue
  • 510 Purple/White Marble
  • 510 Pink
  • 508 Orange

3rd pressing: 979 copies

  • 501 Light Green
  • 478 Grey

4th pressing: 1,014 copies

  • 338 Half Translucent Green / Half White
  • 338 Translucent Dark Blue
  • 338 Black / Light Blue / Light Pink Tri-Color

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Critic Reviews for Crimes". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Diver, Mike (November 9, 2004). "The Blood Brothers - Crimes". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  5. ^ Rolling Stone review
  6. ^ Stylus Magazine review
  7. ^ "Blood Brothers, The - 12.10.04 - Interview". AbsolutePunk.net. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  8. ^ "212.343.0740". Nasty Little Man. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  9. ^ "Blood Brothers Reissues Coming - News Article". AbsolutePunk.net. 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2012-02-10.