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On Phoenix, The Classic Crime experiences a creative rebirth that lifts the Christian rock band to a higher level. Funded by a Kickstarter campaign and self-released, the album deserves praise for its literate lyrics, eclectic musical approach, and sense of artistic independence. The Classic Crime has come a long way from the earnest if relatively underdeveloped tunes on its 2006 debut, Albatross. Lead singer Matt MacDonald and his comrades have gained considerable depth of expression without losing the passion that characterized the band's early work. The accusatory tone of initial Classic Crime releases has been tempered by a new spiritual humility; tracks like “Heaven and Hell,” “Beautiful Darkness," and “Dead Rose” look inward as they portray the seductiveness of sin. The bracing rock waltz “Glass Houses” is especially self-implicating in its attack on hypocrisy and pride. A hunger for a closer relationship with God gives “The Precipice” and “Young Again” a palpable sense of yearning. Sonically, the tunes show melodic polish and richness, underscored by dynamic orchestral arrangements.

Customer Reviews

Never fail to disappoint.

I absolutely love The Classic Crime. I have followed their career since the beginning, and with each record they release, it just reaffirms my love for them.
I only wish that they were well known in the UK to warrant them to tour over here..

Take a chance and buy this album along with their others, you won't be disappointed.

Never Disappointed

Been following this band since the beginning and never seem to be able to stop listening to all their albums on repeat. It's one of those unique albums that you can't get bored or sick of. I hope to see them love one day. A definite buy!


Formed: Seattle, WA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Seattle rock quartet the Classic Crime feature vocalist Matt MacDonald, drummer Paul Erickson, bassist Alan Clark, and guitarists Justin Duque and Robbie Negin. First meeting in high school, all but Negrin were playing together in the band Orizon before the addition of said fifth member prompted a name change. Time was spent on the road in early 2006 with both Mest and Tooth & Nail labelmates Anberlin and Emery, all of which led up to the May release of the band's debut album, Albatross. 2007...
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