Exposé Online banner

Area — Crac!
(Cramps Records CRSCD 003, 1975/1990, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2016-04-28

Crac! Cover art

McLatchey's Second Tier

As a whole I believe Area's third album Crac! is generally considered their best album, it was definitely the first one I heard and if Arbeit Macht Frei still had the ghosts of Nucleus and Soft Machine floating around, Crac! was really when Area emerged with their own truly original sound. The sense of confidence of this group at the time was really on another level and the album introduced what you might describe as a stream of consciousness flow from Stratos who would intersperse the Italian lyrics with hilarious bouts of English ("La Mela di Odessa" being a highlight). The album tightened up the freeness of Caution Radiation Area and bought back, in a different way, that sense of groove that they nailed on their debut. It was however probably the band's last true classic and while they'd still go onto make a lot of good music, they'd never be quite this consistent again over two sides of vinyl.


Filed under: Reissues, 1990 releases, 1975 recordings

Related artist(s): Area

Latest news

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tomorrow - 50 Minute Technicolour Dream – Tomorrow is currently a hot psychedelic commodity on the market: many of the band's English UK singles fetch top dollar on the English collector's circuit. Adding to the frenzy is former...  (2000) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues