The Crookes new record demands you forget everything you know about them. Their fourth album, ‘Lucky Ones’, will be released on 29th January on Anywhere Records (UK/Europe) and Modern Outsider (U.S.). The impulse to champion the wanderer continues, however, the outsider is completely immersed in a world of possibility. Take the innocence of “Chasing After Ghosts” (2011), the fun of “Hold Fast” (2012), and the grit of “Soapbox” (2014), and you have a pop album to accent a brand new start for The Crookes.
From Brighton Beach to Bakerloo, the first single ‘I Wanna Waste My Time On You’ is a pertinent departure from the melancholy, and reinvents Romance in a bold and engaging light. Aesthetically drenched in colour, Hopewell’s lyrics are forever awash with imagery, as Waite’s vocal delivery beds and verves the line: “if they say we’re trash, we’ll float on the Breeze.”
Waite’s dulcet, honeyed tones are all over the album, and although still a melodically sound, there is something less reticent about the band. The Crookes have made a serious statement with these collection of songs, and look set to have a strong 2016.