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In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull

The Cribs

In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull

The Jarman brothers return for their first album of indie rock since Johnny Marr's departure, their fifth album overall

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  1. 9.0 |   NME

    The Cribs have finally found a point where they're no longer victims of their own ideals. They are masters of them
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  2. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    They hammer home how good they are with this embarrassment of riches. This is their best yet and possibly the best of the year
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  3. 8.9 |   The AU Review

    A textbook summation of all which makes this band fucking great
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  4. 8.0 |   State

    Always indebted to the US, but inescapably English, the Wakefield trio now find themselves in grungier territory than their accents (or perhaps Johnny Marr) would allow
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  5. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Heavy noise and bravado alongside emotional vulnerability
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    While the album comes across as slightly disjointed at times, there is little here to suggest that The Cribs were disrupted by Marr’s departure. Once again, the three brothers have cemented their status as one of the most exciting bands around
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  7. 8.0 |   The Fly

    They’ve made their most exciting album yet
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  8. 8.0 |   DIY

    Sees The Cribs exploring new sounds and old – stumbling upon some truly excellent songs in the process
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  9. 8.0 |   Q

    This is the work of a band who are beginning to realise they don't always need to bark so loudly to be heard. Print edition only

  10. 7.5 |   BBC

    Lung-busting choruses abound on this tunefully angular LP
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  11. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This heady mix of enthusiasm and bitterness ultimately deliver up another raw-edged opus
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  12. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The Cribs write better hooks than C-level revivalists like Tribes, and if guitar-based music is still your source of shameless pop, you'll probably enjoy In the Belly more than most records that actually aspire for art
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  13. 7.0 |   AU Review

    A sturdy, satisfying, indie-rock album
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  14. 7.0 |   Uncut

    No more Johnny Marr, but plenty to admire from the Yorkshire trio. Print edition only

  15. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    While in a way this record sums up everything the Cribs are about, it fails to foreground their most exciting aspects
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  16. 7.0 |   Rave Magazine

    In spite of some mid-album blips, The Cribs, even on an off day, still sound a lot better than many of their British contemporaries
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  17. 7.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    Like everything else the Cribs have done, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull is a relatively easy album to like, with sharp melodies and catchy hooks. It’s just held back by a feeling of indecision that permeates tracks whose parts seem to want to go in conflicting directions
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  18. 7.0 |   Prefix

    If you're over alt-rock, then Brazen Bull is going to do little to bring you around. But if you need a new guitar rock record, one that you can headbang to without irony, then the Cribs have delivered
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  19. 6.0 |   Spin

    Sans Johnny Marr, the Jarman brothers dip their sturdy Brit-rock hooks in acidic fuzz
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  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Confirms that their default setting is a bit four-square nuts-and-bolts punk pop. Print edition only

  21. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    A well-executed homage to lo-fi slacker rock
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  22. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    It’s worth digging deep for impressive moments, but newcomers to the band would be better off starting elsewhere
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  23. 5.0 |   Clash

    The songs generally lack a killer punch or hook and drift past with little impact
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  24. 5.0 |   No Ripcord

    I’m sure the ambition for In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull was to return to their roots and re-ignite the passions of old. The trouble is, they’ve outgrown that attitude
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  25. 4.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    If the Cribs were any more landfill, they'd have seagulls following them around
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  26. 4.0 |   The Skinny

    This is the sound of a band caught in a time warp; sadly, for The Cribs there’s no going back
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  27. 2.0 |   Under The Radar

    Falls somewhere between a doomed American college radio band and a one-album-only British copycat band
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