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    Tue, 22 Oct 2013 10:15:38

    First Reaction: Crosses  - By ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino...

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    The vision of ††† (Crosses) crystallizes clearly on its self-titled debut full-length.

    The first reaction is that Chino Moreno has architected the blissfully sinister pop record he was always meant to craft. ††† could soundtrack the seediest night of some dystopian future, a twenties noir, or the most gorgeous funeral imaginable.

    However, Moreno always thrived on the tenuous connection between heaven and hell. You can hear it on the eerie '60s inspired sound swells of "†hholyghs†", which is bathed in lush soundscapes from Shaun Lopez and Chuck Doom. At the same time, "bi†ches brew" breaks on waves and drums into that signature scream. "†rophy" feels as soothing as it is sinful with the singer's croon reverberating through a rapturous haze. "fron†iers" stomps along on a light clap and whisper before snapping into a big refrain. Meanwhile, the closing moment, "dea†h bell", segues from resounding piano keys into a skittering beat. Moreno may want to "hide inside your holiness", but there's a fear in his voice too that strengthens the dichotomy.

    That also carries over to "†he epilogue", another gem as shimmering as it is soaring, which shimmies and slips into some of the singer's catchiest melodies ever.



    All in all, when this album drops January 2014, it'll illuminate Moreno's delicate exorcism of darkness in the brightest way possible. ††† might just haunt you forever, and that's a wonderful feeling.

    Rick Florino
    10.22.13


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