“Sweet Tooth” is Rock done right – five members with skillful contributions to a steady build toward structured pandemonium. It’s the rare song in which a voice with the black-hole power to absorb everything within its area of influence does not consume attention rightfully belonging to the other contributors.
The start of the single from Crystalline announces the band’s awareness of the importance of a strong hook and the ability to deliver. Then, the final minute exhibits the strength in setting and maintaining a blistering pace. The percussion establishes the tempo with skills that would outshine other instruments in most surroundings. However, in the “Sweet Tooth” environment, the guitars and bass are equal to the task. The lead guitar “shreds.”
The vocals sit atop the textured sound of “Sweet Tooth.” Eva Mullen has a voice that seems perfectly tailored for Power Rock, perhaps more than even Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders (“Middle of the Road”). During “Sweet Tooth,” Mullen is equally well suited for the melodic backing vocals, near spoken-word declarations, and forceful emotion-packed exclamations.
Crystalline is a Welsh band (Cathays, Cardiff) formed of Edward Thomas (bass), Eva Mullen (vocals), Amir Maleki (guitar), Sion Harling (rhythm guitar), and Elliott Packham (drums). Thankfully, the official video shows the members performing “Sweet Tooth.”