Crosses
EP II


3.5
great

Review

by Rowan5215 USER (21 Reviews)
January 26th, 2012 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crosses' EP II is less cohesive than the first, featuring two of the best things they've done plus three rather average tracks.

For those who missed this little side project, it is the collaboration of Chino Moreno of Deftones and Team Sleep, Shaun Lopez, guitarist of Far, and Scott Chuck. Their music basically consists of Chino's soothing vocals over an atmospheric landscape of basic electronics, Shaun's guitar and some occasional funky bass. In other words, goodness. Their second EP certainly had a lot to live up to following the epicness of the first, so can Crosses actually live up to the hype?

Well, yes and no. Crosses' EP II is a rather up-and-down deal. To start off with the good, it contains two of the best things either musician has done to date: Prurient and Telepathy. The former was wisely the first song anyone heard from this EP - featuring some of Chino's best vocal work, some good lyrics and a catchy melody, it's a real winner. As for the latter, it features a guest musician laying down some of the funkiest basslines ever created. Seriously, they are freaking awesome. Chuck, Lopez and Chino are also on top form, making for one hell of a song.

Now down to the bad. Well, not so much bad as incessantly average. The other three tracks on this release are all quite average, tending to drag a bit without having much going for them. None of them are actually skippable (though Frontier seems that way at first, it's a grower) but nor do they live up to either the other tracks and/or the previous EP. It's a bit of a disappointment really.

So what about the individual components of the album? Well of course, Chino's vocals are as sensual as ever, blending in with the electronics better than they ever did against Deftones' occasionally over-harsh instruments. Shaun Lopez is a very respectable guitarist; after Far broke up (again) he appears to have doubled his capacity as a musician. And as mentioned above, a guest musician comes in to lay down the funkalicious bass on Telepathy, turning it into a pure barrel of smooth, creamy goodness. None of the individual components found on EP II can be faulted; it's the songwriting which falters on this release.

So to conclude, EP II is neither an improvement nor a step backwards from EP I. If you merged the best parts of the EP's together, you'd get a consistent release which also features several standout tracks. Let's hope that Crosses' next release does this, keeping the cohesiveness of the first EP as well as reaching to the lofty heights of the second, without maintaining its unfortunate falls.



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Butkuiss
January 25th 2012


4199 Comments


Is this a trick?

Rowan5215
January 25th 2012


26947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dammit, cross symbol gets replaced with that diamond shit. Hold on, I'll fix that.

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Rowan5215
January 25th 2012


26947 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Uh, are you slightly high?

Eclecticist
January 25th 2012


3863 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I would say that the only truly average tracks are "Prurien†" and "1987" although "Prurien†" is still enjoyable, so I am satisfied in giving this EP a 4/5.

Relinquished
January 25th 2012


25100 Comments


is that a sad dog in the album art?


lmao

SCREAMorphine
January 26th 2012


1754 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, need to check this out.
Loved the first EP

IAmHollywood
January 26th 2012


1443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

any blogs I should be looking at to find it?

Butkuiss
January 26th 2012


4199 Comments


I heard it's available on Megaupload.

IAmHollywood
January 26th 2012


1443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

hurr durr trollface.jpg

go back to 9gag

Butkuiss
January 26th 2012


4199 Comments


How dare you insult Nigel Thornberry, pre-eminent authority on wildlife?

Timmons
January 26th 2012


561 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yes! completely forgot this came out. love it

Pigwise41
January 26th 2012


397 Comments


Prurient is fucking great. Reminds me of some Jesu.

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2012


21971 Comments


less cohesive?
I'd say it's actually more so. it flows better whereas EP 1 seemed more like a collection of completely separate songs

Moraff
January 26th 2012


30 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like this a lot. the first 3 tracks are def my favorite but they are all pretty sweet. the basslines in telepathy are awesome

dcha
January 26th 2012


990 Comments


Okay please just release the new Team Sleep now.

bloc
January 26th 2012


34873 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Liking this more than the first one

TheVoiceAndTheSnake
January 26th 2012


3663 Comments


Hated their first EP. What's new with this one?

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
January 26th 2012


21971 Comments


Liking this less than the first one.

@TheVoiceAndTheSnake, I'd say it's darker, and there's more focus on bringing the music together. By that I mean that I got the feeling from the first one that really it was just a vehicle for a few large, catchy choruses. Those are toned down a little here. Apart from that, it's not incredibly different

jrowa001
January 26th 2012


8750 Comments


cool username Rowan

JWT155
January 26th 2012


9262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band rules, love Chino's voice.

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