Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Noughties #92: The Cribs "Men's Needs, Womens Need's, Whatever" (Warner, 2007)

The Cribs are three brothers from Yorkshire, who play unrefined power pop. This, their third album was a suprise to me. To be honest I didn't think they had it in them, but the first five tracks on MNWNW are the strongest start to a record of my recent memory, a string of indie pearls. It's the fact that the remaining tracks are of slightly lesser quality that is preventing this from being higher on my spreadsheet. Unfortunately, they got carried away with themselves after this and invited Johnny Marr to join the band. The new album confirms the premise that nostalgia is often a barrier to progress. Why would a tight unit of brothers at the top of their game invite a rock has-been into the equation? Crazy.

Highlights: cribs - our bovine republic cribs - girls like mystery (live) cribs - men's needs

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