After the breakup of At the Drive-In, it became apparent that said band was certainly the sum of some diverse parts, and with each new project from the former members those parts have gotten a little more clearly defined. Hailing from the more abstract corners of At the Drive-In's sound comes Crime in Choir (which of course boasts "founding members of At the Drive-In"), whose instrumental escapades are astoundingly diverse and technically tighter than most of their peers. With viciously syncopated drumming and hearty synth overtones providing the melodies, the quartet weaves tunes both dark and ominous as well as strangely uplifting, all while keeping up a chaotic pace and careening through rapid changes that show off its skills without sounding too cocky. There are touches of early Trans Am when the group gets into chugging grooves like the finale of "Pictures in the Dictionary," and the seamless percussion echoes Don Caballero at points...not bad company to be in considering this is the outfit's debut effort. In a crowded world of instrumental rock acts, this foursome is actually worth paying some attention to, and its pedigree is thankfully reduced to something less important than the music at hand.
AllMusic Review by Peter J. D'Angelo
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