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Ignore The Ignorant

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  • Audio CD (7 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wichita
  • ASIN: B002FOG4J0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,586 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. We Were Aborted
  2. Cheat On Me
  3. We Share The Same Skies
  4. The City Of Bugs
  5. Hari Kari
  6. Last Year's Snow
  7. Emasculate Me
  8. Ignore The Ignorant
  9. Save Your Secrets
  10. Nothing
  11. Victim Of Mass Production
  12. Stick To Yr Guns

Product Description

Product Description

THE CRIBS Ignore The Ignorant (2009 UK 12-track CD album - Produced and mixed by Nick Launay [Yeah Yeah Yeahs Arcade Fire Nick Cave] at Seedy Underbelly Studio Laurel Canyon LA and British Grove in London the album is the bands first asafour piece with the relatively new addition of guitarist Johnny Marr and heralds a marked leap for the band on their continued upwards trajectory including the single Cheat On Me WEBB220CD)

BBC Review

The myth that Johnny Marr has underachieved since storming out of The Smiths can mostly be attributed to one thing: that despite a glowing CV running from Talking Heads to Modest Mouse, the indie era’s most celebrated guitarist hasn’t really produced much in the way of balls-out guitar music since 1986’s The Queen Is Dead.

His motivation behind joining Yorkshire indie punk siblings The Cribs becomes clear about a nanosecond into their fourth album, Ignore the Ignorant. This would be that balls-out guitar record. Stomping in on an imperious riff, the opening We Were Aborted might as well have simply been entitled Here’s Johnny. A gleaming chrome strut, it’s all forward momentum and dynamic fills, a souped-up soapbox from which Ryan Jarman can bark stridently. Though important not to suppose Marr is responsible for the entirety of the music, a gambling man wouldn’t hesitate wagering on the origins of the snaking melodic twists that usher in the likes Cheat on Me and We Share the Same Skies. He’d pretty much bet the farm when it came to the Panic-alike title track.

Of course, so far we’re talking as if this is a good thing. In fact, doubling the guitars and bringing in a slickly accomplished player isn’t necessarily the logical prescription for a band whose best moments to date have been based on ribcage-rattling rawness and Ryan and twin Gary’s righteous vocal bile. It still takes a bit of venom from them to get the poppier songs going, and frequently Ignore the Ignorant lacks fire in the belly, in danger of sounding like an accomplished, ‘mature’ guitar record.

Fortunately it’s not just an album of pop songs. The Sonic Youth sprawl of Bug City is magnificent, an eerie stumble fitfully illuminated by glowing hails of meteoric feedback, while Stick to Yr Guns’ erratic ascent from down at heel plucking to symphonic crescendo is pure exhilaration.

All punks have to grow up someday if they don’t want to look embarrassing; the Jarmans could have found a much worse guide than rockin’ uncle Johnny to lead them to adulthood. --Andrzej Lukowski

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Format: Audio CD
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!
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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!
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It was hard to supress a 'huh?' at news of Johnny Marr joining The Cribs. Firstly, I was under the impression he'd not long ago shacked up with Modest Mouse, but I guess that's what's known as an 'open relationship'. Second, it just looks weird, leaving The Cribs resembling one of those dinosaur rock bands with one original member who hasn't succumbed to drug abuse or other general mishap. Most importantly, surely capturing the mojo of one of Britain's all time great bands isn't as simple as parachuting in their guitarist?

Well, yes and no. Marr clearly remains a songwriting force to be reckoned with; his input here is distinct, and has resulted in a great set of songs. The punk sound that dominated previous Cribs' outings is tempered here somewhat, and as a result the thrilling, seat of the pants rush of Men's Needs, where the songs sounded like they might collapse at any moment, has been exchanged for a more carefully crafted, disciplined approach. Even the songs that clearly follow the existing 'Cribs template' like Nothing and We Were Aborted are more polished. This does highlight the melodies in a more deliberate, matter of fact way, and there's no real clutter here. Marr's jangle sits well with the Jarman's grungy riffage, complimenting rather than dominating it.

Unsurprisingly, a lot of what's here sounds like The Smiths, from the arpeggiated sweep of We Share the Same Skies to the 'Panic' like jig of Ignore the Ignorant. Of course, inviting these sort of comparisons can be less than flattering.
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This is an incredible album. I wasn't familiar with the Cribs before (this is their 4th album I think) and being a massive guitar head decided to take a chance on this after hearing Marr was playing on it. I saw the kitsch video for 'Cheat On Me' on NME.COM and was really, really impressed - the vocals on the track are (and on the rest of the album) utterly brilliant.

Anyway, I found it hard to believe that each song on this album just got progressively better and better - you listen to 'We Share The Same Skies' and in your heart youre thinking, 'Thats easily gotta be the highlight of the album.. the rest is gonna be filler' To my delight this was FAR from the case as the moody shudder of 'City Of Bugs' lurches into view - blowing it of the water and then the crowning glory of the absolutely exquisite 'Save Your Secrets' - its just totally sublime indie, the songwriting is unquestionably brilliant, the two guitarists play their hearts out and the singing... Jesus I cant believe how great the two twins sound on each song. It feels like i've discovered something uniquely special with this record (and band).

So these guys then, are my new favourite band - so much so that i'm gonna be investing in the rest of their back catalogue come Christmas. A genuinely likable bunch who it seems we can really believe in for a change. A rarity in 2009.

BTW you should definitely get the CD with the DVD version - theres a little documentary about the band and they all seem like brilliant, down to earth blokes. I hope Marr stays with them for good, theyre a great fit.

Any genuine fan of music could not fail to see the beauty of this album - many thanks to the Cribs for bringing these tunes into my life - theyll be with me for years and years to come.

Much love

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