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Formed back in early 2002 in Wakefield‚ The Cribs‚ twin brothers Gary and Ryan and younger sibling Ross first came to light with their debut release ‘You & I’ , a split single with Jen Schande on the Leeds based indie Squirrel Records. Following their signing to Wichita Recordings in 2003, they enlisted the help of their friend Chicago singer/avant-garde musician ... Read more in Amazon's The Cribs Store

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  • Audio CD (7 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wichita Recordings
  • ASIN: B007KE1IDW
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Glitters Like Gold
2. Come On, Be A No - One
3. Jaded Youth
4. Anna
5. Confident Men
6. Uptight
7. Chi - Town
8. Pure O
9. Back To The Bolthole
10. I Should Have Helped
11. Stalagmites
12. Like A Gift Giver
13. Butterflies
14. Arena Rock Encore With Full Cast

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Fifth studio album by the British indie rock group. Debuting at #9 in the UK Albums Chart, the record includes the single 'Come On, Be a No-One'.

BBC Review

The Cribs’ level of popularity has been a puzzling fit for them since at least their second album, 2005’s The New Fellas. This dramatically-titled long player is their fifth, and once again highlights a band with grand ambitions and high ideals regarding their career, but seem most keen to uphold the spirit of the fiercely independent groups who first inspired them to make music. The results are as paradoxical as might be expected from a band that, in the aftermath of their last album Ignore the Ignorant, released a seven-inch on esteemed riot grrrl-boosting indie label Kill Rock Stars, then supported Aerosmith on a European arena tour.

Much of this album – 14-songs long, with the closing four strung together in the form of an ambitious suite – makes use of large, lung-busting choruses (Come On, Be a No-One does this especially earwormishly). Its production is also lavish and painstaking: save for Chi-Town, a wistful relationship reminiscence recorded by Steve Albini, The Cribs made ample use of indie über-producer David Fridmann’s Tarbox Road studio and the legendary Abbey Road. One of Fridmann’s highest profile jobs, Weezer’s uneasy second album curveball Pinkerton, is a useful point of comparison for In the Belly…’s contradictory outlook. Tunes are plentiful, but competing with angularity and dissonance to establish a prevailing mood.

Back to the Bolthole might be the heaviest Cribs song to date, wailing guitar overload that would get an approving nod from J Mascis. It’s followed by the album’s quietest moment, I Should Have Helped – an intimate tribute to 90s American lo-fi that would have you questioning the running order, if you thought this trio of Yorkshire-raised brothers didn’t revel in this kind of mildly confounding behaviour. As for the closing suite mentioned earlier, it begins with Stalagmites, whose Pavement-ish guitar squalls are as spiky as their title implies; then we move through harmony-soaked romantic psychedelia and finish on Arena Rock Encore with Full Cast. As much as that title might convey gentle self-mockery, it’s attached to arguably the band’s most bombastic few minutes in their decade-long career. Moreover, they play it like it was their natural calling.

--Matthew Bennett

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Huw on 22 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
When Johnny left last April I was sad to hear it. I had enjoyed Ryan and Johnny's 'duel guitaring' immensely on Ignore The Ignorant. Still, the possibility of the next album being a heavier, raw LP excited me. I began to worry though, that perhaps Johnny's departure would put an end to the sophisticated style that had made ITI so enjoyable for me. Boy was I wrong.

The album starts with feedback, then boom! Glitters Like Gold begins with the kind of bombastic energy that could make J Mascis blush, a grunge epic of a tune with a regretful Gary singing of spending his 'splendor long ago'. Lead single Come On, Be A No-One follows with Ryan's haunting voice and guitar. One only has to compare Ryan now to how he looked just 2 years ago to see that it has not been an easy time. This song and the next, Jaded Youth really emphasise that being 'lost and found, loved and lost' may have drained him but these songs are his strongest yet.

Anna, Confident Men and Uptight showcase Gary's knack of writing fabulous pop hooks whilst Ross shines with some really impressive drumming. Chi-Town (as far as I'm aware, the only of the first 10 songs to feature Steve Albini's production rather than Dave Fridmann) is an exemplary return to the punky harshness that won The Cribs their fanbase with the first 3 records. Pure O is a lesson in how to decorate a song to perfection. Back To The Bolthole, with the subject matter dealing with the realisation of death, is a strangely uplifting song that you can expect to be a fistpumping slowdance for the crowd at gigs. File it under: EPIC. We are then brought to I Should Have Helped. Possibly The Cribs at their most delicate. Fingerpicked guitars and gently played strings compliment Gary's voice nicely. Had the album ended here I would have been satisfied.
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Shouty punk rock with catchy pop riffs and choruses is what the Cribs do best, and on this album they do it better than ever before. Their DIY ethic shines through on the album's very organic production, the Cribs have always been at their peak when playing live, so the mostly live recording of this album makes it the best example of what makes the Cribs great and what they are about. Their lyrics are great on this album, honest and punchy yet cryptic and intriguing all at once. The band was influenced on this record not only by their usual post-punk idols like Sonic Youth, but also by big stadium bands with big experimental ideas, namely Queen. The marriage of these two styles makes In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull an essential chapter in the evolution of noise rock. All in all it's by far the most accomplished and cohesive record the Jarman brothers have made to date, this is their Magnum Opus and should be a must-hear for any fan. Sounds great on CD, MP3 and Vinyl.
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I was very pleased with how quickly this album arrived (especially when it was expected much later). The C.D. is excellent quality and recommended to everyone. Very pleased.
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By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
.....DOTH IN MUSIC LIE." (John Milton) This quote sums up the bedrock of the new Cribs offering "In The Belly Of The Bull" namely an overwhelming desire to listen to and enjoy the contrast between the melodic softening underbelly layered upon which is a more stringent driving rhythmic veneer.

Going since the early 2000's, this, but as yet not receiving the critical acclaim that is richly deserved, outfit from Wakefield make very good music, the keynotes of which are the high pitched and catchy guitar riffs and as good as vocalizations as you'll find anywhere.

It gets off to a brilliant start with "Glitters Like Gold", and is followed by the cacophonous, punchy "Come On, Be A No-One" which has a gut-busting bawly chorus. A riff filled few minutes is to be had with "Chi-Town", and "Back To The Bolthole", is another standout, providing 5 minutes of boisterous noise which pushes the boundaries of The Cribs previous musical ambitions. However, my album favorite is "Arena Rock Encore With Full Cast" during which I had to physically control the urge to turn off the room lights, illuminate my mobile phone and two handedly wave it above my head whilst swaying in time with this well crafted, melodious anthemic blockbuster.

This is the bands 5th album and demonstrates that their work has not suffered from the departure of the brilliant but brief stint of Johnny Marr. "In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull" (where did that title come from I wonder" is an impressive album and posts a clear message that The Cribs are determined to become Number One UK guitar band.
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By Terry Tracy on 21 Sept. 2012
Format: Audio CD
The album is sincere, thoughtful, angst-ridden, passionate, and poetic. The scraggly, experimental bits at the end are my favourites. There is an honesty in their music that is paired with real technical skill and that's a rare combination. Some very genuine artists are not talented musicians. Some very talented musicians create artificial music. The Cribs are the real thing. I hope they stay around for a few more decades.
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Gawd I love The Cribs. I was smitten when I first heard You Were Always The One on an NME cd, then I bought Men's Needs, Women's Needs... Whatever and worked backwards from there. Ignore The Ignorant was very possibly my favourite album of 2009 with Johnny and Ryan's amazingly intelligent guitar melodies working along with gut punchingly poignant lyrics ('you are far more likely to be devoured than empoured by your own sense of romance')and passionate performances from all (sadly lacking in much of today's music).
In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull is a heavier and yet more subtle suite of songs. On first listen to me it all sounded a bit flat, then certain hooks crept under my skin and now I can't believe how indifferent I was. The amazing opener Glitters Like Gold is a contender for best Cribs song ever and has the power to worm into your brain and nest there like a comfortable if slightly scruffy kitten. Keep going through the album though and you will be rewarded with many beautiful treats! Pure O is a torrent of lushness, Chi Town will make you want to pogo and the closing segue of songs feature Ryan's prettiest guitar lines.

I can't overstate how great this album is.
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