Crossover are a duo from NYC that are graced with the chance to greet the world from a debut record on DJ Hell's International DeeJay Gigolo Records.Do they live up to the task? For the most part yes.
The CD starts off with 'Lucida Obscura', a track which features both Mark Ingram and Vanessa Tosti's voices. Vanessa's voice at times sounds like Melissa of Chicks On Speed. The music is spot on and the songs are pretty good, so it is easy to overlook the similarities and start to look at the songs themselves.
'Phostographt' has Vanessa singing in a homemade (made up) German lingo. 'Extensive Care' has Vanessa in high COS mode. 'Extensive Care' is the song you will probably like best at first, but is the song that you will dislike first as well. The line 'for exactly what she does' is what does it for me. The inflection of the voice hooks you at first but ends up repelling you after repeated listenings. This is the same thing that happened on a Seelenluft CD I really liked. The Seelenluft song 'Music for the stars mix Wasser-Kur 1' started as a standout song and became my least fave (see July 24, 2001 gullbuy).
Crossover regain all my love with the song 'Lady Dragon Slayer'. I love this song! The singing of the line 'on and on and on' is an exact cop from the Peaches song 'Hot Rod'.
'Phantom Hero' is the last of my faves on this disc. It tells a story which is fun to listening to, and is interesting, much like Crossover themselves.