American Noir

Creeper - American Noir
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Based on 8 reviews
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Based on 79 ratings
2021 Ratings: #429
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You could spend a lifetime analysing the details in American Noir. Creeper took on a Herculean task following up on the near-perfect Sex, Death & The Infinite Void and somehow, they’ve made an even better record than they did last summer.

Throughout, ‘American Noir’ delivers a vibrant and fitting homage to the recently departed Jim Steinman; the eight tracks harking to his musical opus.
Roaring back to life once more, ‘American Noir’ is a fitting epilogue to the story of Roe and Annabelle that began in ‘Sex, Death & The Infinite Void’. Built from the bones of discarded songs from that record it may be, but don’t let that put you off. This is one special EP.

As good as the songs are (single ‘Midnight’ is up there with their most anthemic moments), the theatre that makes this band so vital is diminished without the buzz of hearing their fans belt the words back at shows.

Despite its brevity, ‘American Noir’ still feels like a truly significant entry in Creeper’s discography. These songs sound truly timeless, exist outside of trend and genre and are instantly recognisable as the work of their creators.
It’s simply eight tracks of lovely, rousing rock opera. Whether you’re after one, the other, or both, you’re sure to be left more than satisfied.

Creeper has evolved into a wrecking crew of doomy opulence that suggests Bowie and T. Rex by way of Dog Man Star-era Suede.

The Line of Best Fit

Some of Creeper's tricks may have become repetitive and predictable, but whichever direction they take after the SD&IV cycle, they probably can't go wrong as long as there are plenty of Greenwood's vocal contributions.


Favourite: Midnight
Worst: Damned and Doomed

1. Midnight Militia - 8
2. Midnight - 9
3. America At Night - 8
4. Ghosts Over Calvary - 8
5. The Drowning Room - (not included)
6. One Of Us - 9
7. Damned and Doomed - 7.5

Average: 8.25
Quick Comment: Wasn't a fan of Rock Opera before... times have changed
It's not perfect, but Creeper have shown that they are ready to explore new ideas and tackle interesting topics in their lyrics. This is a welcome addition to this year's incredible palette of albums.
English band Creeper came as a huge surprise to me last year with their fantastic horror punk album Sex, Death & the Infinite Void and now come through with a satisfying EP that goes straight for the anthemic. For being an English band, Creeper sure know how to explore americana themes on American Noir, with “Midnight” sounding strikingly similar to the Springsteen penned “Because the Night”, while “America At Night” ditches guitars all together for lush ... read more
Brilliant, such a fantastic narratively-driven EP, drawing 8 deepening requiem tracks.
The engineering, the exciting melodies are music to my ears.
As far as tracks are concerned, Midnight is by far one of my favourite tracks...I'll go one further, THE best track of this year.
American Noir is absolute Rock-Opera perfection that Creeper once again turned another entry into gold.
PERFECTION, obviously.
This epilogue to Sex, Death and the Infinite Void is everything that album was trying to be: direct, glammy, and campy without over exaggeration. This one just has tracks that function as excellent songs, even if they are a bit derivative and slightly cheesy.
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Added on: May 27, 2021