It’s interesting to learn what bigger labels like Roadrunner do nowadays to avoid pre-release internet availability of their releases. This promo cd of the new Creetins record is divided into 99 or so tracks so you can’t rip it to mp3s easily. I doubt that this makes sense because someone who really wants to rip it could simply play and record it the old-fashioned way but digitally without loss of quality but that’s not my problem to worry about. A lyrics sheet however should have been included…
But let’s talk about the music. It took the Creetins three years, a label change and the loss of one band member to get to release this one. So was it worth all this hassle? I think yes. The new record is riper, more varied and much more elaborated than the last one. The sound is descent and dirty in a good way. 13 songs in about 40 minutes hint at an average perfect pop song length and the opener “high old time” is already a little hymn. Most songs are typical Creetins style dirty pop punk gems with singalong qualities but as opposed to the older records this one got a little more to offer. “electric boy” is a real rock stomper, it’s topical opposite “synthetic girl” reminds me of the last Beatsteaks (in a positive way) and “charade” is really a ballad. Who would have expected this?
In terms of being catchy and melodic the Creetins need no longer fear the comparison to their mighty idols the Misfits, I think. A negative point might be that the record lacks an überhit like “hot breeze” on “four minutes to get over it”. But all in all the songs are better in average definitely. Good record. If I only had gotten a lyrics sheet so I could know what they are singing about…