Unfortunately, the highlights of Dub Pistols’ eighth album are the moments where they pass the control over to a featuring artist. ‘London Calling’ is one of the most agreeable songs on the album and, even then, it’s mostly because of the feature from MC Navigator- Dub Pistols hold themselves back with dated clichés that result in an inauthentic sound.
The title track exemplifies exactly what I think is wrong in most cases when a band name an album after a particular song which is that it’s never as good as they think it is. To me, ‘Crazy Diamonds’ is obviously one of the weakest tracks on the album; the delivery of the lyrics lack conviction, and its chorus is anything but inspiring. Similarly, ‘Boom’ sounds too algorithmic and calculated to be fully enjoyed, it appears to lack any ingenuity.
‘Never Never’ is the freshest Dub Pistols manage to sound on this record, getting a good balance between fusing trumpet horns to a dubstep breakdown. That said, it still sounds like there’s more to be explored in the sound than what we end up hearing. It’s a recurring trope throughout Crazy Diamonds that songs sound like they harbour much more potential than Dub Pistols are willing to exploit.
The final track, ‘Party’s On’, borders on moments of euphoria with its dancehall influences, but it ends up falling flat because it settled for a repeated motif instead of pushing itself further than its boundaries, which is a fitting way to end the album.
[Stacey Anderson – @staceyanders0n]