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Solid third album,
This review is from: Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever (Audio CD)
Firstly, I think the two previous reviews are harsh and perhaps expecting the album to deliver preconceived ideas of The Cribs sound. If you have already experienced the sound from the Jarman boys then you will know that the previous two LP's provide a raw and unabashed sound - plenty of feedback and screeching vocals particularly on the debut self titled album. On the second LP, The New Fellas, they found a more melodic sound but the record was all the better for it. They have certainly moved on again with this new release. Yes it has a slightly more polished sound than before, making them more accessible and perhaps this will rile those in love with the shambolic sounds of their past. But this a more mature sound but not the worse of for it. It still contains a raw edge on tracks like "major's Titling victory", "Be safe" and "My life flashed before my eyes" and this will perhaps put those off who prefer their indie as squeaky clean and polished as bands like the Maccabees and the Kooks. The Cribs have never really been about hit singles and radio airplay, this record may make them better known, but perhaps it is about time the boys got the recognition they deserved. Perhaps not quite as good as the "The New Fellas" but a decent record all the same.