The thing about The Cribs, is that they still haven’t quite achieved the same pure rock pop brilliance on record as they have live. In sweaty clubs (or theatres, as they are beginning to inhabit), it all makes wonderful sense. In fact they may just be this writer’s best ‘new’ band of the year (ignoring that this is their second album etc etc).
But on vinyl, sometimes there’s just not the correct level of lighter fluid required to set things ablaze. Which is possibly why *Bernard *‘I’m in a happy musical marriage, honest’ *Butler *has been called upon to re-record ‘You’re Gonna Lose Us’ - bear in mind that he imparted the finest production known to the Libertines on their ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’ single.
And it’s certainly a bell-clear piece of recording, full of shouting and vitriol in all the right places, but still The Cribs it seems, have yet to find their George Martin. Or Steve Martin in their case.
Still bloody good though.
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