Album Review: The Cribs – Ignore the Ignorant

By on Tuesday, 25th August 2009 at 12:00 pm

The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant (cover)A few days back, we brought you our take on The Cribs‘ shiny new single, ‘Cheat On Me’. Well, today, we’re going one better, and shall be reviewing the band’s complete new album, ‘Ignore the Ignorant’, released September 7th. Intriguingly, this is the first album from the band which shall feature the Wakefield trio’s legendary forth new member, ex-Smiths guitarist, Johnny Marr.

Let’s start by focusing on the great parts of the record. Obviously, the summery indie riffs of current single, ‘Cheat on Me’, are an album highlight. Track three, ‘We Share the Same Skies’ is similarly bright, complete with a big, happy sing-along chorus, while title-track ‘Ignore the Ignorant’ kicks off like a jigging indie sea shanty.

The smashing ‘We Were Aborted’, features a typically enthusiastic Cribs chant of “To make you feel important! Cos you knew we were aborted! It’s the same things that we’re saying all the time!”. Another top tune is ‘City of Bugs’, sung edgily by Ryan Jarman, and lead by distorted guitars and 80s-esque (aptly Smiths stylee) echoey riffs. Brother Ross Jarman’s brooding, military percussion only adds to the excitingly eerie atmosphere of the track.

The gentle indie ballad, ‘Save Your Secrets’, is romantic little track – but when vocalist Gary grows a little more powerful, he showcases a seemingly painful, croaky strain on his voice which is obvious throughout the album. Meanwhile, tracks such as ‘Hari Kari’, ‘New Years Snow’ and ‘Emasculate Me’ are perhaps the least memorable on the album, failing to climax into anything that exciting. ‘Stick to Yr Guns’, the last song on the record, is very enjoyable, however. Weeping guitars, stomping drums and – lo and behold – even strings bound from this epic, ‘punch your fist in the air and sing’, final track.

Now to summarise. The thing I initially noticed about ‘Ignore the Ignorant’, is that it seemingly lacks that excitingly raw sound of early Cribs material. Instead, the album showcases a slightly tame, slightly over produced sound from start to finish. It plods along nicely, but rarely explodes magnificently in your face. Don’t get me wrong, every single track on this album is decent, and that genius Crib lyricism remains – but the music is just not all that, wow!

Johnny Marr’s addition to the band can only be an asset, since the guitar skills amid the album are certainly an audio highlight. Indeed, Mr. Marr has certainly fitted in well, and clearly has not dictated the band’s sound in any particular direction – he’s just made it all the more ‘full’. Conclusively, ‘Ignore the Igonorant’ still sounds typically Cribs – perhaps just with a little less attitude than before.

MP3: The Cribs – We Were Aborted

The Cribs‘ new album, Ignore the Ignorant, is out on 7th September. Pre-order it from Amazon now.

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