Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Best Of 2012: #22

#22 The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull

Ooft, this one's rough around the edges... yet it's good. From the guitar screeching at the start of the album on Glitters Like Gold, to the huge eleven-minute suite at the end of the album (split into four tracks), you're not going to find nice, rounded, radio-friendly gems. Instead, you will find great songs in the single Come On, Be A No One, the slow, drawling Back To The Bolthole, or the plain, simple sing-along finale Arena Rock Encore With Full Cast. The only time the album really slows down is on I Should Have Helped, a little acoustic number that splits the main album from the four-track suite at the end. It sounds far more like older Cribs stuff, probably due to the loss of their temporary guitarist (none other than Johnny Marr), and, in my opinion, is not as good as Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever or Ignore The Ignorant, but it should not be ignored.

RECOMMEND: Glitters Like Gold, Come On, Be A No One, Arena Rock Encore With Full Cast
LOW POINTS: Confident Men, Pure O

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