Boomkat Product Review:
A listen through the beginnings of Crush might cause regular listeners of LA quartet Abe Vigoda to double-take. The band have declared that they've been inspired by "cold wave and minimal wave stuff, as well as Arthur Russell" on this release. The result is at times like a punk-rock alternative to the Hurts album. 'Sequins' introduces this new sound with a flood of synthesizer and bell-like digital keyboard tones, yet this is only the beginning of the band's transformation. Expect decadent bloopy fare on 'Dream Of My Love (Chasing After You)' and wild faux-English accents ahoy, while 'Throwing Shade' throws down four-to-the-floor drum machines. It all sounds rather good, but nothing like the Abe Vigoda of old. Moving on and the sheer pop appeal of all this really starts to take hold: title-track 'Crush' is almost irresistibly tuneful, and it's only the (frankly, insane) drumming and rather lo-fi finish to the recording that stops it from sounding like the work of a stadium rock act. Further in you'll encounter the New Order-ish 'Pure Violence' followed by the outrageous 'Repeating Angel', on which vocalist Michael Vidal says (figuratively speaking) "Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be David Bowie". It sure is a catchy number, but boy, is it ever a shameless impersonation. Once the dust has cleared, however, and the initial shock of their new direction has subsided, you'll find Crush pretty hard to resist.