THE CRIMEA

LWOA Reviews

Review one of the day comes from Indie London. It’s not much but it’s there.
Weyhey, rent-a-review time. Dave Adair’s review mentioned from the Glasswerk site earlier is now on AllGigs.co.uk and Manchester Music, though the later does have a rating of 4/5, something the previous two missed out.
Song publishers Nuxx have some news on their signing’s latest release. They also have something to do with those JCB boys too. If only they can do the same for The Crimea then it’s all good.
Not quite so good is The Guardian’s single review. Normally quite praising of the band, their most recent review seems to have missed the point so much it’s virtually a mirror image of what the band were trying to achieve. Though I’ll give em the “about not much” part :o ).
Something a little different this time, a Tragedy Rocks album review from Silent Uproar who seem intent on breaking the record for mentioning the phrase “The Crimea rocks” more times than anyone else in the same review.
And that just leaves me time to mention the XFM session with Claire Sturgess, tonight from 9pm. If it’s anything like their last XFM session it’ll be just about the best thing you hear all year. And yes, I know it’s only January.

Music – Singles of the Week – Monday, January 9

IndieLondon gleefully checks out the cream of the week?s singles.

THE CRIMEA ? LOTTERY WINNERS ON ACID:

Having previously released three independent singles in 2002 and 2003, Lottery Winners On Acid is the major label debut for London-based five piece The Crimea. Lifted from their debut album Tragedy Rocks, there?s something of a carnival feeling attached to the rolling guitar loops that combine to deliver a trippy, happy go-lucky effort that conjures memories of The Polyphonic Spree, Eels and The Flaming Lips. It?s one of several highlights from the debut album which crept quietly into the record shops at the end of last year.

Order the album l Order the single l Album review

Review taken from the Indie London website, 09/01/06.

LOTTERY WINNERS ON ACID

:: The Crimea ::
09 January 2006 / Warner / 1 Trk CD

Euphoria manifests itself in many ways, but I doubt that it has ever been portrayed with the same dryness and laid back, Leonard Cohen approach, than on this Davey McManus engineered offering.

Springtime piano?s, deft guitars and earthy, yet out of this world (or off this planet, whatever you prefer?) lyrics, catapult The Crimea to the status of underrated and underexposed genius. This mesmerizing and refreshing Irish quartet continue to dazzle and puzzle listeners alike; one thing is for sure people will almost certainly take note after this offering.

4 out of 5.

Review by Dave Adair, taken from the Manchester Music website.

Crimea single
The Crimea’s debut Warner Brothers single Lottery Winners On Acid will be released on January 9. It has had amazing media support already including MTV 2, Jo Whiley, Colin & Edith, Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens (Radio 1), XFM, Jonathan Ross and Bob Harris (Radio 2).

News post by Joe Taylor for Nuxx, 30/12/05.

New singles

The Crimea
Lottery Winners On Acid (Warners)

And still they come. The Crimea are yet another young group whose plectrums are held in fingers crossed that the record-buying public’s appetite for sub-XTC/Magazine pop groups with self-consciously smart-arsed lyrics about not much remains unsated. Unless the Crimea are willing to resort to such unlikely promotional stunts as blockading the M1, or staging a coup in Burkina Faso, it will be surprising if they trouble us much further.

Review by Andrew Mueller for The Guardian, 07/01/06.

THE CRIMEA, “TRAGEDY ROCKS”

Tragedy Rocks US PromoRelease Date: Early 2006
Producer: The Crimea
Manstyle Points: 5.0 / 5
Reviewed by: illogicaljoker
Website: www.thecrimea.net

Tragedy Rocks. It does. Slowly, finessing each note and milking each masterful chord, The Crimea rocks inexorably forward. Davey MacManus whispers with a wounded crack and growls in a high baritone tinged with feeling. The Crimea rocks passionately onward. Andrew Stafford doesn?t so much play the keyboard as massage it, squeezing the tension through each note in that light and ephemeral key. The Crimea absolutely rocks. Andy Norton and Joseph Udwin collide off each other on guitar and bass, playing complex and dissonant chords with acrobatic and dexterous ease. The Crimea completely rocks. And finally, beneath an already impressive tour-de-force of sound, Owen Hopkin just lays down an intricate web of beats, subdued yet commanding. The Crimea, once again, totally rocks.

Some people luck into the perfect combination of sound: The Crimea does it intentionally, effortlessly, mellifluously. Wisely using the full instrumental range, each song gives both keyboard and guitar the opportunity for a catchy hook, complimenting the other and all the while supporting MacManus. This double-narrative also provides a unique opportunity (fully capitalized on) to play with lighter and more synthesized rock, replete with echoed chords and swooping scales. Though there are only four instruments, and the occasional harmonica, the powerful arrangements often take on the power of a synthesized orchestra, and The Crimea becomes far more than the sum of its parts. They?re also quite successful risk-takers: Fourteen songs, each an experiment, each a success. Dare I say it again, The Crimea rocks.

They also cover quite a bit of ground, from heavy rock (?Here Comes the Suffering?) to pop rock (?Lottery Winners on Acid?) to alternative (?Opposite Ends?). The production values never falter, and while the thematic material is mostly depressing, the music’s inspiring and energetic (even at its slowest). The ugliest things (double suicides, rape, alcoholic blurs) can?t help sounding beautiful, as if there?s still hope that something good will come from all the shit of the world. It?s this belief, the bold and passionate heart behind every note, word, and howl that makes tragedy more than tragedy, but which makes it truly, in every sense of the word, rock.

Review by illogicaljoker for Silent Uproar.

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