After 3 years of depravity, The Cribs smash back into our lives with their 5th studio album, In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull. Here they dip their toes into previous masterpieces, ‘Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever’, ‘The New Fellas’ and ‘The Cribs’ and created a cocktail that sums up all their about. Debut single off the album, ‘Come On, Be a No One’ is a joyous reminder of the anthems they’ve so easily churned out for almost 10 sweet years. The rest of the album involves hypnotizing bass lines, riffs and their trademark crashing choruses, that are framed by Gary’s unmistakable shouting over the top.
My Top Tracks:
‘Glitters Like Gold’ – The smashing on the snare, joined by ramshackle guitar strings is the beginning of this little gem that opens up the album. Then, come the end, close your eyes and picture it live screaming ‘I GUESS, I GOT, WHAT YOU WANTED’ oh, it leaves me craving more.
‘Confident Men’ – This sluggish and calming, ‘I hate you all’ melody is something I can imagine being all I need with a Sunday morning hangover.
‘Chi-Town’ – This is punk and fast-paced, messy pop all thrown into one to create some catchy magic.
‘I Should Have Helped’ – This little acoustic number brings me back to ‘Shoot The Poets’ in 2007. Though Gary’s singing is a little more high pitched than we’re used to, it’s a melancholic beauty that evens out an album packed of sing-alongs and screamers.
‘Butterflies’ – A direction these boys have never chosen to take. Something fresh with an upbeat, 80’s-esque strumming of guitar. ‘But what about their classic anthems?’, I hear you cry. Well, carry on reading.
‘Arena Rock Encore With Full Cast’ – ‘Butterflies’ merges into this perfect Cribs anthem, with bits and pieces of every reason why we’re still in love. ‘I’m sorry that it’s taken years, we were victims of our own ideas, but I’d rather be tied to myself than to anyone else.’ Ending this album with a crash, bang and wallop; feeling anything but unsatisfied.
This is The Cribs as we know them.