‘Crawling Up The Stairs’ (Merok)
‘Pleasure’, Pure X’s debut, was an exploration of its title. Like a steamy window in an Amsterdam alley, it bathed in sexy, red-lit air. ‘Crawling…’ replaces intangible ache and throb with clarity and pain. Written while singer Nate Grace’s leg was seriously injured, it’s tortured and frustrated. ‘Things In My Head’ and ‘Someone Else’ are beautiful, their clear vocals a continuous surprise, such is the contrast to ‘Pleasure’. The stoned stagger of ‘Written In The Slime’ and ‘Rain At Dawn’ offer more familiar gratification but, whilst often brilliant, ‘Crawling…’ makes you wonder why Pure X have swapped pleasure for pain.