Life As A Spectator





So, the new Crosstide is quite good. Wait. I said CrossTIDE, not CrossFADE. You can come back now. The former is an indie outfit from the Pacific Northwest; Portland, Oregon, to be exact, and Life As A Spectator is their debut album. Released on Slowdance Records and recorded in a cabin in the middle of nowhere in Washington state, Life As A Spectator finds the quintet eschewing their punk roots for a Britpop/indie mélange. Widescreen and windswept, Crosstide tunes swell ever upward, building and building until exploding out of the speakers. Jeff Buckley, Elbow, Radiohead, and even recent Nada Surf moments can all be heard on Life. There’s not a dull tune in the bunch, but “There’s Hell” is definitely a misnomer, frontman Bret Vogel attaining some of his finest moments on the track. Other standouts include the punchy “Clockwork”, the moody “Empathy”, and singalongtasticness of “Wasted”. Chase the Crosstide down for a most enjoyable listening experience. Just don’t pick up that other Cross band or your mood will turn cross, indeed.

Crosstide
Slowdance Records

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Life As A Spectator