Friday, 27 September 2013

Top 50 of 2012: No.7: The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull (Wichita)

This is the first Cribs album that took me a few listens to fully absorb the whole thing, it could be that there’s so much going on or it could be the difference in styles as a result of using a number of different producers, who knows, but when it clicks, you end up with some of the best songs the band have ever produced. Starting off with ‘Glitters Like Gold’ all shimmering harmony and full of melodies only the Jarmans can provide, from this point on there’s ‘Come on, Be a no-One’, ‘Chi-Town’, ‘Anna’ and ‘Back to the Bolthole’ all of which stand up against anything they’ve released prior, all layered with more fuzz than usual, and showcasing influence from if anything Nirvana’s In Utero, maybe it’s because they roped in Albini for some tracks, but the album definitely has the same vibe and distorted style. So while not as poppy as usual, it’s still an amazing album, and chapter in the history of one of the UK’s strongest bands.


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