Friday, June 15, 2012

Album Review: In the Belly of the Brazen Bull

Title:  In the Belly of the Brazen Bull (Amazon, iTunes, AllMusic, Wikipedia)

The Cribs play an interesting mix of indie, punk, and noise rock with elements of power pop that goes off in what seems like a hundred different directions—often all in the same song—on In the Belly of the Brazen Bull.  The record opens with “Glitters Like Gold” which starts with sonic blast of feedback guitar noise before smoothing out into a catchy pop song.  The rest of the record continues with this juxtaposition of catchy as hell pop songs dressed up with ferocious feedback and noise.  In a lot of ways The Cribs have taken the best and catchiest of Sonic Youth’s music and made an entire band out of it (imagine a band that played nothing but songs like “100%,” “Sugar Kane,” and “Teen Age Riot”); so in other words they are like a raw Teenage Fanclub.  Just listen to a song like “Anna” and one can hear the brilliance in this band and this record.  In the Belly of the Brazen Bull is The Cribs fifth album and it easily one of the best of 2012.

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