Monday, 31 August 2009

Album Review: The Cribs - Ignore The Ignorant

Album: Ignore The Ignorant
Artist: The Cribs
Singles: We Were Aborted (free download), Cheat On Me

"The New Fellas" and "Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever," the previous two albums from the Cribs, were both works of genius. But even with a master guitarist, Johnny Marr of the Smiths fame, this album does not reach the heights their previous efforts reached.

We Were Aborted
The opener is brought in with a powerful guitar riff, starting things off with a bang for this album. It's one of the better songs on the album, and a well deserving opener.

Cheat On Me
When I first heard this song, I hoped there would be better songs than this on the album. Nevertheless this is still a great track, with some great guitar parts and a chorus that makes you feel like singing along as Ryan Jarman screams "cheat on me..."

We Share The Same Skies
This song has one of the best choruses on the album, and is quite catchy. The album is still upholding high standards here.

City Of Bugs
A long track at over six minutes. It doesn't drag on, which is a good thing. It features an almost military drumbeat, and is a very new sound for the Cribs. A successful part of the album.

Hari Kari
This has to be the second single; it is full of greatness on all accounts, and the chorus is another great. "It was years ago, it was years ago..."

Last Year's Snow
At this point, the album looks great. But from here on in, it just drops in quality (bar one or two songs). This is not a memorable track at all, and I think it is the weakest on the album.

Emasculate Me
Except for a quick beat, this song doesn't leave a great impression. Nothing stands out as amazing here.

Ignore The Ignorant
The title track has a catchier feel to it than the rest, and the chorus is another sing-along affair, but the album hasn't picked up enough to be a success yet.

Save Your Secrets
A slower song, and a slightly better one than the previous three, but still there's nothing to excite me enough to want to play it over and over.

There is a more powerful guitar part on this track, and that's the only really good part of this song. Parts of the chorus remind me of early Cribs tracks.

Victim Of Mass Production
This one returns to former Cribs glory. It flows fantastically, it was great live and they've made it great here.

Stick To Yr Guns
Well, at least they know how to end an album. A slow, five minute song rounds it all off, and it's one of the slightly better sides of this mostly unexciting album.

Generally, I'm disappointed with this album. There's nothing that excited me as much as when I first heard songs such as Mirror Kissers, Martell, Men's Needs or Don't You Wanna Be Relevant? But there are some good songs here, such as the opening quintet and Victim of Mass Production. Other than that, nothing grabs me instantly, and nothing shows signs of growing on me.

For the record, their previous albums: The Cribs (6/10), The New Fellas (8/10), Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever (10/10)

1 comment:

  1. Awful review, for a start it's Gary, not Ryan, that's on lead vocals on Cheat On Me. This album is one of 2009's finest, and it's The Cribs establishing themselves as one of Britain's greatest. Jonny Marr's guitar helps them polish off the rough punk sound of the previous albums, and turns it into a more radio-friendly sort of album. It's better than 'The Cribs' and 'Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever', but not as good as 'The New Fellas'. 9/10