Crosses (Crosses album)

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Crosses
Crosses - Crosses album cover.jpg
Studio album by Crosses
Released February 11, 2014 (2014-02-11)
Recorded 2013; The Airport Studio, Los Angeles, California, United States
Genre
Length 56:15
Label Sumerian
Producer
Crosses chronology
EP 2
(2012)
Crosses
(2014)
Singles from †††
  1. "The Epilogue"
    Released: November 11, 2013
  2. "Bitches Brew"
    Released: November 26, 2013
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[3]
The Boston Globe7/10[4]
Clash7/10[5]
Drowned In Sound9/10[6]
Kerrang!4/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork(5.0/10)[7]

Crosses (stylized as †††) is the debut full-length album by the American musical group Crosses.[8] The album was released on February 11, 2014 on Sumerian Records. The album contains remastered versions of songs from the band's previous two EPs (EP 1 and EP 2, respectively) as well as five new songs that were originally set to be released as EP 3. The album debuted at No. 26 on the Billboard 200 upon release. The album's sound reflects elements of electronic rock,[7] nu gaze,[7] dream pop,[2] ambient, dark ambient, gothic rock,[9] trip hop,[10] darkwave,[9] witch house and electronica.[2]

History[edit]

In September 2013, Crosses announced via Twitter that they were releasing their third EP on November 12 on Sumerian Records.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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[edit]

Upon its release, Crosses received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, 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 nine reviews.[1] 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 Fincher film".[15] 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". He further added that the album "meets its pre-release hype head on, and comes away the winner".[5]

Ian Cohen of Pitchfork 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".[7]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleOriginally fromLength
1."This Is a Trick"EP 13:07
2."Telepathy"EP 23:35
3."Bitches Brew" 3:28
4."Thholyghst"EP 14:26
5."Trophy"EP 23:53
6."The Epilogue" 3:55
7."Bermuda Locket"EP 13:42
8."Frontiers"EP 24:01
9."Nineteen Ninety Four" 4:17
10."Option"EP 14:24
11."Nineteen Eighty Seven"EP 23:11
12."Blk Stallion" 3:06
13."Cross"EP 12:52
14."Prurient"EP 24:06
15."Death Bell" 4:12
Total length:56:15

Note: All tracks on the album have a † symbol in their title, as substitute for the letter "T"; "Cross" is simply labelled "†".

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[16] 43
US Billboard 200[17] 26

Personnel[edit]

Crosses[18]

Additional musicians[18][19]

  • Duff McKagan – additional bass on "This Is a Trick"
  • Stephan Boettcher – mandolin assistance
  • Molly Carson – phone call on "Frontiers"
  • Chris Robyn (Far) – live drums
  • Mackie Jayson – drums/loop on "Nineteen Ninety Four"

Production and artwork[18]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Crosses - Crosses". Metacritic. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d Heaney, Gregory. "+++ - (Crosses) +++". Allmusic. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Metacritic http://www.metacritic.com/music/+++-crosses/+++-crosses. Retrieved 16 June 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Capobianco, Ken. "Crosses, 'Crosses'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 16 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b Diver, Mike (January 29, 2013). "Crosses - Crosses". Clash. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  6. ^ Adams, Sean (February 11, 2014). "Review: †††". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  7. ^ a b c d Cohen, Ian. "†††: †††". Pitchfork. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  8. ^ Burkart, Gregory. "'Crosses' – Album Review". Fearnet. Retrieved 19 February 2014.
  9. ^ a b Jones, Cat. "Extended Q&A: Crosses' Chino Moreno". Willamette Week. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  10. ^ "††† (CROSSES)". Music&Riots Magazine. Retrieved 8 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Crosses ††† give release date for new EP | Metal Insider". metalinsider.net. Retrieved 2014-02-11.
  12. ^ Kraus, Brian (October 5, 2013). "††† (Crosses, members of Deftones and Far on Sumerian Records) stream new single, '†he epilogue'". Alternative Press. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  13. ^ Martins, Chris (November 5, 2013). "Stream Crosses' 'Bitches Brew,' Electronic Doom From Deftones' Chino Moreno". Spin. Spin Media. Retrieved November 5, 2013.
  14. ^ Muller, Marissa (November 25, 2013). "††† (Crosses) Conjure Up Ghosts in 'Bi†ches Brew'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved November 26, 2013.
  15. ^ Capobianco, Ken (February 10, 2014). "Crosses, 'Crosses'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved March 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Crosses – †††". Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Crosses Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard.
  18. ^ a b c EP 1 (digital booklet). Crosses. 2011.
  19. ^ EP 2 (digital booklet). Crosses. 2012.

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