12 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After two promising indie albums, the Cribs enter major label-dom with Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever, a brittle yet bouncy collection of abrasive pop tunes. Lead singer/guitarist Ryan Jarman guides the British foursome into the trenches of romantic warfare with a mixture of annoyance and delight. Twitching tempos and nagging guitar riffs lend a prickly energy to “Girls Like Mystery,” “Moving Pictures,” and “I’m a Realist,” setting off Jarman’s dissections of dating culture and urban alienation. “Love is a lie/attraction an instinct,” he declares in a typically aggrieved tone in “I’ve Tried Everything.” At times, a self-pitying mood (especially in “Women’s Needs”) threatens to dampen the fun. But when all else fails, the Cribs’ affection for classic Britpop shines through, infusing tunes like “Ancient History” and “Our Bovine Public” with a mocking sort of joy. Adding balance is the sprawling “Be Safe” (featuring a spoken vocal by Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo) and the softly acoustic “Shoot the Poets.” As producer, Alex Kapranos (from Franz Ferdinand) dresses the band in more presentable sounds without obscuring their soiled charm.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After two promising indie albums, the Cribs enter major label-dom with Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever, a brittle yet bouncy collection of abrasive pop tunes. Lead singer/guitarist Ryan Jarman guides the British foursome into the trenches of romantic warfare with a mixture of annoyance and delight. Twitching tempos and nagging guitar riffs lend a prickly energy to “Girls Like Mystery,” “Moving Pictures,” and “I’m a Realist,” setting off Jarman’s dissections of dating culture and urban alienation. “Love is a lie/attraction an instinct,” he declares in a typically aggrieved tone in “I’ve Tried Everything.” At times, a self-pitying mood (especially in “Women’s Needs”) threatens to dampen the fun. But when all else fails, the Cribs’ affection for classic Britpop shines through, infusing tunes like “Ancient History” and “Our Bovine Public” with a mocking sort of joy. Adding balance is the sprawling “Be Safe” (featuring a spoken vocal by Sonic Youth’s Lee Renaldo) and the softly acoustic “Shoot the Poets.” As producer, Alex Kapranos (from Franz Ferdinand) dresses the band in more presentable sounds without obscuring their soiled charm.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
74 Ratings

74 Ratings

Incognito Llama ,

Excellent, but underrated

The Cribs' recent effort, The New Fellas, was a breath of fresh air, and this one improves even more upon it. These are great pop-rock songs, with more originality and heart and less annoying-ness. Should you choose only one song, Men's Needs is a sure bet, but as a warning, the riff has potential to stick in your head for forever and eternity. No one seems to notice these great guys, though. They need to move on from perpetual Next Big Thing to THE Big Thing! And, if it means anything to you or just as an interesting fact, this album was produced by none other than Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand. I definitely recommend buying at least some of these songs. You can get it now and impress your friends with your wonderful choice in music, as well as help get this band the recognition they need!

artful aesthete ,

Going down in the books...

As if three brothers slept through the crap of the past several decades and only absorbed the cream of the musical crop through Osmosis... This is the real deal. A British rock and roll record, as if originally imagined by the prophets of punk, but charged with fresh blood. This is the most solid the guys have ever sounded. Kapranos did an amazing job as a first time producer on the record, with apparent care as if it were one of his own. You must listen beyond the catchy single Men's Needs - this is an entire record of anthems. It is ridiculous!!! A+

daughterofkaos ,

my new favorite band!

i saw the cribs last year on tour with death cab for cutie and franz ferdinand and bought their last record then, so i've been following them for a little while. this new record is a huge step forward, but the band hasn't lost their edge. alex from franz ferdinand produced - it sounds ace and the songs are super catchy! i can not wait for the cribs to come back to the states to play in july! sonic youth fans - lee ranaldo is on track 10- epic!

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