Methinks there’s as many as three different “what we should have the band sound like” fingers in Crimson Sweet’s pot. I’ve come up with a loose slide rule. The less psychedelic, the more I like them. Slow, I actually like the grooves they set – there’s an attention to atmosphere that has me convinced that they understand the inner workings of Velvet Underground songs. They also nail a perfect cover, which would make a great single: Silverhead’s (no, not Silverchair) “Hello New York.” Their version and songs like “Airport Novel,” and “So Electric,” are downright fun, swaggering NYC pizza-sized slices of poppy, glammy punk. But, when the songs get trippy, almost jam-tacular, like the meandering last song, “Sad Walk at Knifepoint,” I find myself getting sleepy and not so enthusiastic. Some great songs, but a spotty long listen.
–todd (On/On Switch)