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CRX (Rock): New Skin

Track List

>Ways to Fake It
>Broken Bones
>Give It Up
>Slow Down
>On Edge
>One Track Mind
>Monkey Machine

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Producer Josh Homme gives the album a humid garage-glam swagger especially when the tempos get dialed back, and the rest of CRX hits a nice balance of buddies rocking out and ace studio synergy."

NME (Magazine) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Ways To Fake It' is a gleaming opener, as shrill guitar lines and New Wavey synth hooks pierce through solid foundations. There are elements of The Cars to it..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Nick Valensi (vocals, guitar); Darian Zahedi (guitar); Richie Follin (keyboards).

Audio Mixers: Andrew Scheps; Mark Rankin .

Recording information: Arlyn Studios; Kung Fu Gardens; Pink Duck Studios; Sonora Recorders.

Considering that Nick Valensi was the last member of the Strokes to pursue a side project, it wouldn't have been surprising if he had stuck to collaborations with artists like Devendra Banhart, Regina Spektor, and Sia. With CRX, however, he takes his turn as a frontman, surrounding himself with members of Guards, the Dose, and the Reflections. On New Skin, the band borrows the shiniest and crunchiest parts of power pop and metal from the '70s and '80s -- styles the Strokes flirted with on albums like Angles and songs such as "Juicebox," but CRX trades that band's New York cool for California chill with the help of producer Josh Homme. Working with the Queens of the Stone Age leader was an inspired choice, since he knows how to make music that's equally heavy and catchy. The band fares best on the poppiest songs, which sound like they should be played on a radio format that doesn't exist anymore. "Anything" sounds like the Cars on an extra-snotty day, while the glistening new wave chug of "Ways to Fake It" and "One Track Mind" feels like the work of a band that influenced the Strokes instead of one of its members. ~ Heather Phares


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