Single Review: The Crookes – I Wanna Waste My Time on You

By on Friday, 25th September 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

“Intelligent pop dreamers” the Crookes have just released the first new single from their upcoming fourth album, and it is, to say the least, a bit of a contrast from the lo-fi indie pop approach we’ve previously heard from Sheffield quartet. The Crookes certainly waste no time diving into ‘I Wanna Waste My Time on You’, opening with an expansive barrage of guitars and building to a chorus replete with sonorous backing vocals.

Some familiar elements of the Crookes’ style are still present, most notably the catchy melodicism in the guitar lines and George Waite’s exquisite vocal interpretations of lyricist Daniel Hopewell’s always elegant cynicism. But Hopewell’s lyrics here are markedly less brooding and introspective, describing instead “wanderlust and adventure […] seeing the world, [and] indulging in hedonistic pleasures without once feeling apologetic for it”. This newly extroverted and seemingly carefree thematic material has allowed the Crookes a bit of breathing room to develop their instrumental arrangements, and they have taken full advantage.

Noticably absent in ‘I Wanna Waste My Time on You’ is the heavy-handed and decidedly rebellious approach the band took with their third album ‘Soapbox’, as they begged to be taken seriously after the success of previous LP ‘Hold Fast’ and its unabashedly hooky single ‘Afterglow’. Since the release of ‘Soapbox’, the Crookes have undertaken some significant changes, including the departure of drummer Russell Bates and his replacement by Adam Crofts. That bit of business squared away and their seriousness firmly established, the Crookes have moved on to start their own record label, Anywhere Records, as our editor Mary reported in this Video of the Moment feature for the ‘Soapbox’ track ‘Before The Night Falls’.

The sense of freedom afforded by operating under their own label appears to have been exactly what the Crookes needed to re-energise their sound. ‘I Wanna Waste My Time on You’ delivers the jolt of excitement and enthusiasm that listeners might need to re-energise their faith in the Crookes.

9/10

‘I Wanna Waste My Time on You’ is available today on Anywhere Records in the UK and Modern Outsider in America. The Crookes’ fourth album ‘Lucky Ones’ will be released on the 29th of January 2016. The band will play a run of live dates in the UK this November supporting the Fratellis; you can find all the details here. All past coverage of the Crookes on TGTF is this way.

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