The Cribs – In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

Album Review by Billy Hamilton | 02 May 2012
  • The Cribs - In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
Album title: In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
Artist: The Cribs
Label: Wichita
Release date: 7 May

These are bleak times for the mid-Noughties’ bright young things: The Libertines are a spent force, Razorlight have collapsed under Jonny Borrell’s gargantuan ego, and the Kaiser Chiefs are more often treading water than predicting riots. Wakefield-raised trio The Cribs are yet to rival the NME ubiquity of their contemporaries, but their sharp blasts of rugged indie rock  once bolstered by the addition of Johnny Marr  were a leap ahead of mid-weights like The Others.

Album five, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, finds the Jarman brothers retreading familiar ground. Built around the band’s calling-card of barbed riffs and shouty vocals, Chi-Town and Come On And Be a Noone ring out as misty-eyed odes to simpler times. Much of the album follows suit, vying between the jangly Cure-lite balladry of Butterflies and the meandering clang of Pure O. This is the sound of a band caught in a time warp; sadly, for The Cribs there’s no going back.

Playing Glasgow Barrowlands on 11 May