Artist – The Cribs
Album – For All My Sisters (2015)
Check it out – https://open.spotify.com/album/6APjeK0fvpxKrQbU8mIOnJ
The Cribs are an indie rock trio from Wakefield, UK. They are comprised of three brothers, twins Gary and Ryan Jarman and their younger sibling Ross Jarman. Interestingly the band were joined by a fifth very famous member from 2008 to 2011, Johnny Marr of the Smiths, whom filled in on lead guitar. The Cribs have been honoured a few time for their work, especially by the NME, receiving their ‘Outstanding Contribution to Music’ award, and Q magazines ‘Spirit of Independence’ award. Over their career The Cribs have released six albums, including the newly released ‘For All My Sisters’.
I usually get a quick initial thought when listening to an album, which could be anything, this time being ‘Weezer!’. To me the vocal melodies/harmonies, along with the guitar riffs and melodies, held a very similar tone/style to the band Weezer … which isn’t a bad thing at all, their a great band, this was simply a quick thought. I do feel that this album is one that certain magazines will praise, where as in actuality it is just more of the same, Ryan Jarmans signature droll vocals, rough distorted lead parts and some indie rock lyrics/song structure/patterns. A few parts stood out, such as the melodies in ‘Burning For No One’, for (as mentioned before) their Weezer-ish style, adding something a little different to the mix. However the rest of the album is distorted indie rock all the way through, dynamically leaving a lot to be desired. As far as catchy/rememberable songs go, i had a tough time humming anything back after a few listens, guitar riffs are very ordinary and the catchy chorus lines aren’t their.
Although it seems i have slated this album a bit, I am a fan of The Cribs. They have created interested albums and rememberable songs. This album is just … okay, that is all, nothing exciting, different, special, just okay indie rock performed well.