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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

On pace to match The Silver Cord

Don't get me wrong, Albatross and Vagabonds are both good records, but I was a little worried after Vagabonds released. It had it's wonderful moments (Vagabonds, Happy Nihilist, My Name, The Count, Different Now), but it had some surprisingly uninspired moments (Solar Powered Life was particularly hard to listen to). I don't normally write a review so quickly, but The Classic Crime is back to their lyrical strength. They're telling powerful stories with their music and the words are as poetic as the music. There are no glaring disappointments that break the tone. It'll be hard to dice out which comes out on top in their catalogue, Phoenix or The Silver Cord.

Above The Rest

Lyrically this album is brillant all the way around. Musically this album is brilliant all the way around, so no denying this is a must purchase. So much maturity has been put on display from the likes of Albatross. Two thumbs way up gentleman. You have a masterpiece and a #1 record on your hands.

Best Album of 2012!!

This is TCC's best album to date! I love how Matt is such an amazing songwriter and portrays emotion through such amazing metaphors! Listening to the songs on this record are almost like listening to poetry and they do an amazing job of putting their emotions into words so that others can feel something through it as well. The actual music on this album are superb as well! I can feel the emotion through the drums and guitar riffs, which is hard to pull off.
Some great stands outs to me are: 2.You and Me Both, 3. Young Again, 5.Heaven and Hell, 8.Glass Houses, 9.Dead Rose, 13.I will Wait.
But of course the whole album is amazing and I almost feel like I need to hear the whole cd all the way through to fully grasp the meaning and emotion behind it!
This is definitely my favorite band and I helped back them on Kickstarter for this album and I'm so glad I did.
Buy this album and you will not be able to stop listening!

Biography

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....
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