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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: Crocodiles – Hearts of Love

December 14, 2010

19. Crocodiles – Hearts of Love.mp3

San Diego’s Crocodiles deliver on everything they hastily but sincerely promised on their debut album, Summer of Hate. Everything about Sleep Forever is tighter, brighter and just generally better.

Hauling in influences from all over the late-’80s-early-’90s altrock scene (most prominently Echo & the Bunnymen), the Crocodiles craft sun-kissed pop with enough of a noisy edge and lyrical bite to cross the line from “disposable” to “essential.”

Hearts of Love is all hook, beginning with the pounding opening drumbeat which meshes with iridescent chimes to form an aural yin/yang right in the dead center of your brain. Once you’re sucked in, the reverbed vocals pour acid all over the sugar, thanking “God above for draining hearts of love.”

It all comes together like a Phil Spector boy band armed with a dash of feedback. (The “me and my love will surf the streets all day” line clinches it.) The track detaches from the bedrock beats and heads for the upper atmosphere, trailing bad vibes like so many feathers from a free-falling Icarus.

“Oh, when I die
When I disappear
Leave my troubles behind”

These Crocs look good on everybody.

The rest of the Top 50.

-CLT

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