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New Skin

CRX - New Skin
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
2016 Ratings: #706 / 758
User Score
Based on 15 ratings
October 28, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
Colombia / Label
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This isn’t stadium rock with an eye on the lighters-in-the-air crowd. It’s dirty, sludgy rock’n’roll, that sounds best when rambling around a dive bar. It’s heavier and harder than The Strokes, but his guitar lines have that familiar complexity and finesse.


While we’ve not heard Nick’s vocals out front before, those frantic fretwork and well-trodden chord changes work like an aural comfort blanket.

Consequence of Sound

CRX might pride themselves on not focusing excessively on cohesion, but on the level of the individual song, a lack of unity can undermine otherwise powerful elements.

Loud and Quiet

Nick Valensi ... proffers a mash-up of the Strokes and Queens of the Stone Age (Josh Homme produces here) that comes off like the sort of anaemic flotsam and jetsam you’d find dumped on the scrag-end of one of those bargain bin Father’s Day rock compilations because it was cheap to licence.

Eh? It's loud, funky, and fun when it wants to be, but that's really only when it wants to be. It's great songs live up to the hype of the groups potential, however it also suffers from track-list placement problems, boring filler tracks, and a general reason to existing not being here.

Favorite Jams: Unnatural, Anything, On Edge

Lest Favorite: One Track Mind, Ways to Fake It (which is a horrible opener)
Nick Valensi (guitarrista de The Strokes) publica LP con su nueva banda, CRX. Glam rock y guitarras vertiginosas, nos envuelven con melodías pop electrificadas. “Walls”, “Unnatural” y “Give it Up” es un mágico tridente. El resto, flojo.
1. Ways To Fake It - 5.0
2. Broken Bones - 5.0
3. Give It Up - 5.5
4. Anything - 4.5
5. Walls - 3.0
6. Slow Down - 7.5
7. On Edge - 5.0
8. Unnatural - 4.5
9. One Track Mind - 6.5
10. Monkey Machine - 3.5

Heavy guitars can't mask the underwhelming mess that is "New Skin". It sounds as if a Queens of the Stone Age vinyl is being played via a skipping needle; the lack of cohesion is blatantly apparent.

Notable Songs: Nothing to note
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Track List

  1. Ways to Fake It
  2. Broken Bones
  3. Give It Up
  4. Anything
  5. Walls
  6. Slow Down
  7. On Edge
  8. Unnatural
  9. One Track Mind
  10. Monkey Machine
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Added on: August 30, 2016