Manikins, The - Crocodiles - LP
Though the MANIKINS may have grown-up, they didn't feed their catchy bite to the crocodiles. On their already fourth album, the four Swedes definitely go sweeter and wear their hearts on their sleeves in a perfect blend of Punkrock and Power-Pop that still carries the typical MANIKINS guitars but gained a mouthful of smoothness and feeling.
Don't worry, the boys didn't mellow-out and you still get faster tunes like the opener "That train", the title-track "Crocodiles" or "Taste for sweets" that are so unmistakably MANIKINS.
But especially the slower pieces are the real meat here. "If I see you cry" and "I want my baby dead" are full of sweet bitterness and seem to come straight from any 60's Teen-Punk compilation, the harmonic mid-tempo songs "Countless nights", "Without a word", "You're bad when you want to" and "It's not the wind you hear" remind of a more insurgent, yet in no way less sugary version of their countrymen THE LOST PATROL BAND and in the heartbreaking "Losin' streak", "Hangin' from a noose" and "She speaks perfect French" you even get BOBBY FULLER style vocal- and guitar harmonies and castanets in the fills. Brilliant!
The MANIKINS dared to go step further and once more set a landmark in the little mundo punko with this new record that will shake your heart and legs!!!