Lacking a killer punch
The Cribs - In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull

Originally second division players in the indie league, The Cribs have managed to raise their game consistently and the last two albums showed true progression. Disappointing to report then that this latest offering doesn’t continue that trend. It all feels a little weary and, whilst there’s clear commitment and execution, the material suddenly sounds oh so dated. The songs generally lack a killer punch or hook and drift past with little impact. Some sterling guitar work does rescue things to a certain extent, although, with indie struggling to maintain status, there’s far too little substance here to encourage anything like rejuvenation.


Words by TC

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