Crime in Stereo - Selective Wreckage (Cover Artwork)

Crime in Stereo

Crime in Stereo: Selective WreckageSelective Wreckage (2008)
Bridge Nine Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: genebuonaccorsiDarthNader
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Regardless of what Selective Wreckage's promotional materials / the band themselves will tell you, it is at its heart a B-sides and rarities compilation. While it is described as more than that in most press regarding it, the 10 songs play like a gathering of songs that just weren't good enough for.
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Regardless of what Selective Wreckage's promotional materials / the band themselves will tell you, it is at its heart a B-sides and rarities compilation. While it is described as more than that in most press regarding it, the 10 songs play like a gathering of songs that just weren't good enough for their other full-lengths.

2006's The Troubled Stateside brought CIS some well-deserved recognition and 2007's Is Dead broke down the melodic hardcore sound they had developed with past releases into a slower, more dense package. The tracks on Selective Wreckage are taken partially from the recording sessions for each of those past two full-lengths. Without looking at the liner notes, it is not extremely evident which tracks are from which as the album holds a pretty steady feel. However, some tracks ("These People Ought to Know Who We Are and That We Are Here," "Everywhere and All The Time") definetly feel closer to Is Dead, whereas some ("The Bride," "When the Women Come Out to Dance") seem more similar to the melodic hardcore sound they churned out prior to 2007.

When it comes to quality, the results are mixed. Is Dead was extremely well-recieved by fans and critics alike, and it seems a bit strange that CIS would follow it up with a release that (partially) harkens back to their old sound after their new one seems to work so well. That is not to say the fast songs are bad. In fact, the combo of "Takbir" and "The Bride" midway through the album feels like an injection of adrenaline after a couple mid-tempo tracks. The truth of the release is, bookended by a fuzzy minute-long intro and two and a half-minute minimalistic outro, there are only eight real tracks to chew on. Fans of the band have probably heard "Love" and "When the Women Come Out tDance" before, the latter being released on the Fuel.Transit.Sleep EP. Some of the material ("Desertbed," "Four X's") feel a lot like filler and while some of the songs are really stellar ("The Bride," "Everywhere and All the Time"), there just aren't enough songs to get into to keep this release on par with the rest of CIS's catalog.

Granted it's worth a listen, but Selective Wreckage is a bit hit-or-miss when it comes down to it.


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Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not respon sible for them in any way. Seriously.
ryang (October 15, 2008)

Have never listened to this band. If inagreendase is right, i probably never will. Who gives a shit about victory, and who gives a shit about a band bitching about a shitty label that is probably the reason half their fans know who they are? (Total assumption on my part, this band coulda totally been on the Hills or something for all I know) And why am I on a message board bitching. Fuck.

inagreendase (October 12, 2008)

Everyone knows "Guestlist" was probably more a dig at Victory's over-the-top promo tactics, anyway.

fixme86 (October 12, 2008)

I fucking love this band (and Brand New, for the record). Is Dead is one of the best albums I've heard in the last five years.

breakout (October 12, 2008)

i understand why they made the comparison, my point was that it is highly ironic that a sticker namedropping a fairly large band should be put on the front of the record after the song "I'm on the guestlist motherfucker" which is an attack at labels which put stickers on the front of cds with large bands on it to entice people to buy it because they like the other bands.
in no way am i saying that the band are hypocrites, i fucking love them

LooseKanonYankee (October 12, 2008)

lets be honest here, comparing them to Brand New (especially "is dead" material) is not a stretch at all

breakout (October 11, 2008)

im tempted to go to Birmingham to see the easycore tour just for them but from brian's review from when it was stateside im really not sure

thirtyseconds (October 11, 2008)

Can't wait to get this, and to seeing these fuckers again. I just wish it wasn't with NFG.

breakout (October 11, 2008)

mine had a big black sticker on the front that says "for fans of Lifetime, Avail and Brand New"
to be honest its not that bad apart from the last one

jamespastepunk (October 10, 2008)

Love was mentioned in passing and somehow, as a song that fans of the Troubled Stateside have heard already, despite it not (to my knowledge) ever being released.

Anyway. It's a minor gripe. I agree with the author on the majority of the review.

VictorIkpeba24 (October 10, 2008)

Nothing wrong with ...Is Dead, it's an enjoyable record... But man The Troubled Stateside was so great, maybe the best melodic hardcore record ever written, so it's really a shame that they decided to abandon what was making them so special to become only a good alternative rock band that sounds like Brand New. This CD is sick however, reminds the good old days.

blanktapesemptybottles (October 10, 2008)

it's definitely a bunch of songs they weren't gonna release, and they should have changed the tracklisting becase it doesn't flow well other than that there's some good songs and it's kind of cool to hear stuff they originally threw out

bryne (October 10, 2008)

How you can talk about this release and not mention the song Love is beyond me.

It was mentioned.

kraze (October 10, 2008)

What did your stickers say? The european stickers said "like REFUSED, HOT WATER MUSIC, FUGAZI and THE SMITHS".

Johnny_J (October 10, 2008)

To agree with someone below me, I think "Is Dead" is also one of thee best records of this decade. Friggin' phenomenal.

As for this release, it's pretty good for b-sides and unreleased songs. Some are hit and miss, but the ones that hit definately deserve some credit.

jamespastepunk (October 10, 2008)

How you can talk about this release and not mention the song Love is beyond me.

Amazing song. Takbir straight up slays. I love this band's lyrics.

Honestly, though "The People Should Know..." should not have been released. Ever. I'm a total Crime In Stereo fanboy, but honestly, that song is abominable.

dante3000 (October 10, 2008)

I can see how "Is Dead" would divide their previous fanbase but I think it ultimately gained them far more fans than they lost.

This is interesting. It definitely sounds more like their previous work than "Is Dead". Kind of highlights the transition.

bryne (October 10, 2008)

A few of these songs are a little weird, so it makes sense that they wouldn't end up on a proper full-length. I like it well enough, though.

overdefined (October 10, 2008)

I think this is a highly enjoyable and listenable release.

breakout (October 10, 2008)

i wonder if this, like is dead, will have a big black sticker on the front which says "For Fans of"

ConsolationPrizefighter (October 10, 2008)

To say Is Dead was well received by fans is a fallacy. It heavily divided their fan base.

That said I did love that album and am not quite sure how I feel about this yet. I'll give it a few more listens.

LoosekanonYankee (October 10, 2008)

Ive been listening to the combo of "Takbir" and "The Bride" repeatedly since I got this, two great songs that fit perfectly together.

A solid release with some REALLY killer tracks
fuckin love Crime in Stereo

R3vengeTherapy (October 10, 2008)

Is Dead is one of the best records released this decade, in my opinion.

This, is definitely far from that, but it's an interesting collection of songs nonetheless. Calling "Desert Bed" a filler track makes me want to hate this review entirely. Really, dude?

Truth be told, I agree with the score, but I'm thinking this guy didn't spend more than 2 listens on this record before writing this up. Take a second to write about the damn songs. "These People Ought To Know Who We Are..." alone warrants some discussion. It's such a strange and ugly track compared to most of the band's catalog and seems like it was taken from The Basement Demos instead of being recorded within the past couple years. I'm not a fan of the song, but it's by far the most unique track on the record.

Love this band, but a couple songs seem to just play out without going anywhere, and one I just flat out don't like. But tracks like "Desert Bed" and "Love" and "The Bride" are absolutely prime cuts.

mikexdude (October 10, 2008)

I like these guys, I like them a lot. Could never get into Is Dead though.. oh wellz.

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