My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Crocodiles is debut album by the English band Echo and the Bunnymen. The album was recorded and released in 1980.
What I think: The Wikipedia article for this album quote a lot of different individuals who describe the music with such terms as: dark, moody, despair, sparse and pared. It’s interesting, because those are a lot of the same terms that were used to describe Seventeen Seconds, but they don’t sound a all similar to me. This album sounds more like U2 mixed with British invasion Rock. Listening to the lyrics, I get some of the sentiment of it being desperate, but then the vocals are sung with a Bono bombast.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that despite the bands attempts to come off as Gothic and gloomy with a haunting cover and dark lyrics they come off more as an anthem driven band, which in that early U2 style doesn’t do much for me. Based off of some of the singles from the band, this leaves me disappointed since I’ve always anticipated their potential as a band I could dive deeper into.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? It feels like it has been a long while, but I disagree, it just doesn’t do anything for me.
Rating (Out of 5) 2
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes(359/471)
Amount that are new to me: 76%