CROCODILE SHOP
ORDER + JOY
ALBUM METROPOLIS RELEASE: APRIL 4, 2000 REVIEW: MAY 4, 2000

Plagiarism is not recommended. The singer of Crocodile Shop, Mick Hale, ignored this fact while recording the vocals for "Order + Joy". Still, his counterfeit version of Jean Luc de Meyer works quite well with the static, harsh beats and noise on the latest Croc Shop production.
This, their fifth album, is a step in the right direction where the highlights bear elements of, quite naturally, Front 242 and some of Nitzer Ebbís work. Mostly, itís industrial and distorted, but always with the familiar body foundation providing depth.
After a few hours of Crocodile Shop I came to realize, however, that "Order + Joy" is nothing more than a beautiful facade, that didnít hold up in the long run. Some nice bits, but more is needed. More of freshness and edge.

NIKLAS FORSBERG


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