So Johnny Marr joined the Cribs, and they've all been working on an album for a year. That's kind of bizarre, right? And It's not a bad album. In fact, it's quite good. But the thing is, it's not as 'Cribs' as it should be.
It's not as passionate as previous outings, not as rock and roll, not as violent or dirty. This is a record that asks for your attention, rather than demands it. There's less in the way of shouting from the Jarmans, the lead guitar seems a little bit quieter than normal, and 'that' Marr rhythm can certainly be felt, sometimes for better (Ignore the Ignorant), and sometimes for the worse (Last Years Snow).
But don't let that put you off. 'Ignore the Ignorant' is another solid record from the Cribs, dotted with excellent moments. There's some lovely sing-along fodder (We Were Aborted, Cheat on Me, Nothing), a few songs that are just plain good (City of Bugs, Stick to Yr Guns, Victim of Mass Production), and, importantly, not too much in the way of filler (Again, Last Years Snow is probably the weakest track on the record).
So all in all, another accomplished album from the Wakefield bunch. But I get the feeling the whole thing will be much better in the flesh, as I shall find out at Leeds Academy in a few weeks time!