Ever since I got them a couple of weeks ago, I've been of the opinion that if you don't have the first four Bunnymen albums (this, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain) then you don't deserve to call yourself a music fan. Harsh? You bet. But seriously, these albums will hugely improve the quality of your life. They faded fast, but from 1980-84 Echo & the Bunnymen were quite possibly the best band in the world. Exciting, psychedelic, danceable, melancholic - this band could capture every emotion ever expressed by popular music and fire it back in your face.
Crocodiles is possibly the best entry point into Echo & the Bunnymen's world. Although not as sweepingly magnificent as Heaven Up Here, as accomplished as Porcupines or as beautiful as Ocean Rain, and possibly wearing its influences on its sleeve a bit more than those others, this album makes up for all that by featuring one of the best collections of tunes ever committed to tape. Rescue, Pride, Pictures On My Wall, Villiers Terrace and Stars are Stars are the highlights, but everything here achieves a brilliantly unique and accessible mixture of moods.
Oh yeah, and the album cover's really cool.