reviewed by Jackson Ellis | Thursday, January 2nd, 2003

Neva DinovaOriginally published in Verbicide issue #7

Crank! sent two records to Verbicide for review, and I’m glad I hung onto both. (The other, in case you’re wondering, is Mono by The Icarus Line.) Here’s what I can tell, and what I like, about Crank! You can tell that they put out records because they really like the music. Neva Dinova, like The Icarus Line, is outstanding, but not particularly accessible. Neva Dinova, like The Icarus Line, are rooted in rock, but very different. While the former carries a much harder edge, Neva Dinova would have a particular appeal to fans of bands like Fuck and Coldplay. This is a fine, fine album. I particularly recommend track two, “Dances Fantastic,” track four, “Brooklyn,” and the final track, “Anita.” I want someone to slow-dance with to that number.

(Crank!, 1223 Wilshire Blvd. #823, Santa Monica, CA 90403)

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