Tragedy Rocks Reviews

The Warner Brothers PR crew must be in full swing, mailing out promos to any and everyone they know. The Music Edge got hold of the US version and have given it a good review and a rating of ‘B’ over on their site. In the UK, the nation’s favourite comedians music reviewers Drowned In Sound gave it 4/5 saying “the album is a battle between opposing forces ? bleakness and humour, beauty and ugliness, pure pop and musical interest”. Tabloid UK paper The Sun also found themselves with a copy and gave it another 4/5 in yesterdays edition saying it was a “cracking debut”. Hit more for copies of all the reviews.
Away from reviews, rumour has it the band are having some little raffles during their UK shows. If you happen to give your name and email to sign up to the band’s mailing list during the show, you could be in with a chance to win some CDs or T-Shirts. Speaking of which, I should be having my own competition on here sometime later today, so don’t go anywhere.
UPDATE: Almost forgot the monthly plug for Davey’s MySpace blog. Tales of intrigue and mystery abound. Here’s an excert and your weekly music fix: “I remember when I first moved to London, ‘The Big Joke’, listening to ‘Going Over To Susan?s House‘ again and again, saying hello to everyone I met on the street like you did in Ireland and Wales and not realizing that this was London and no-one says hello on the street…“.

The Crimea
Tragedy Rocks

Warner Bros

The Crimea?s Tragedy Rocks is an album that will take most music fans today by surprise.

Offering listeners a healthy dose of straightforward rock, Tragedy Rocks does so without a gimmick, letting the music be the main, and only focus of both the record and the band itself.

The follow-up to the Lottery Winners On Acid EP, Tragedy Rocks remains raw, intimate and original. A lack of overproduction helps the album remain interesting and reach listeners in a very direct way.

Using a wide variety of instruments, the Crimea is able to cohesively tie several styles of music together, producing an album that gives fans a breath of fresh air from the formulaic sounds of most of today?s popular music.

Songs such as ?White Russian Galaxy,? and ?Losing My Hair,? show that the band can create music outside the box and do something new, much like alternative bands of the early ?90s.

From the rockabilly ?Here Comes the Suffering,? to the Spanish-influenced ?The Great Unknown,? to just plain rock on ?Girl Just Died,? The Crimea leaves little out of its repertoire to deliver a solid album, start to finish.

Review by Ryan Claunch for The Music Edge, 07/10/05.

Tragedy Rocks
by The Crimea on Warner Bros.
Release date: 17th October 2005

?Only takes one black cloud to ruin a bright day/ I was the black cloud, she was the bright day? rasps Davey MacManus on ?Opposite Ends?. Lyrically Tragedy Rocks is as uplifting as a mouse infested bedsit lit by a naked bulb. But for all his obsession with the seamier end of melancholy, this is an album stuffed with effortlessly hummable hooks and choruses.

At times fuzzy, loose and lo-fi, at others bombastic and grandiose, The Crimea have an instinct for the appropriate. Whether it?s the Joy Zipper like slacker lollop of ?Baby Boom? or the hushed bank of harmonies on ?Gazillions of Minature Violins? ? which sound like Flaming Lips marinated in gin ? the arrangements never swamp the songs. And McManus? voice, quavering, stretching and choking its way around the tunes, makes sure it always sounds very human.

Like the Flaming Lips too, the songs feel simultaneously familiar and peculiar. Each intro sounds like something you haven?t heard for ages and can?t quite place. But then the often humourously disquieting lyrics appear and undercut the pop classicism (?sometimes I think you could be more than just a punch bag with lipstick on? for example). Occasionally things veer off course into pastiche overload, like the faux Nick Cave gothery in the verses of ?Someone?s Crying?, but even that redeems itself musically in the chorus.

There are enough ideas here for two albums but instead it?s boiled down into one restlessly economic one. Suitably for a band named after the site of a famous conflict, the album is a battle between opposing forces ? bleakness and humour, beauty and ugliness, pure pop and musical interest. Sometimes that works, sometimes it implodes, but it never stays still.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review by Julian Ridgway for Drowned In Sound.

The Sun's Tragedy Rocks review.

Review from The Sun, 14/10/05.

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One Response to “Tragedy Rocks Reviews”

  1. Denyer says:

    > "WALKING the streets like Lottery winners on acid"

    Come on, how bloody hard is it to listen to a lyric if you’re going to quote it?

    > A lack of overproduction

    Julian would love the demos.

    Nice to read a bunch of good reviews. Shame that two of the tracks Music Edge mention won’t be on the release lots of people buy…

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