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Cripplekid - the Little Dipper


Year Released: 2000
Format: CD
Label: Microcosm
Reviewed by Ian Cavell on Jun 13, 2007
This split CD has been kicking around for quite some time now. I don't know why it didn't get reviewed earlier but listening to Cripplekids 6 minute mid-paced rock intro I think I can hazard a guess. The first two tracks are monumentally dull, the second being another 'epic' at 5+ minutes of which one and half is the song dying a long drawn out death. For what seems to be a strange mishmash of Pop Unknown, Planes Mistaken For Stars and early Samiam, I was hoping for more. Thankfully, the final three tracks expand on the Samiam influence and create something a little more stimulating, but nothing thats going to set my speakers on fire.

The Little Dipper reel in that early Get Up Kids influence but with a more strained effect on the vocals, in a similar way to say a band like Errortype:11. They crank through six songs and I definitely prefer these guys to Cripplekid. Even if they do fall into the same trap that snared Cripplekid in that they have a tendency to drag their songs out. Solid stuff from The Little Dipper, but almost certainly sampled best in a live setting.

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