|For All My Sisters|
The Cribs — For All My Sisters
•• The first of two new albums from the Jarman brothers is full of delirious, damaged indie–punk greatness.
Gary Jarman: Nejdelší skladba kterou jsme kdy napsal a na které jsme zdaleka strávili nejvíce času. K dispozici jsou různé verze této písně, které byly téměř 15 minut dlouhé — museli jsme tedy být velmi brutální v naších úpravách a stále jsme se nemohli dostat pod sedm minut. Myslím, že je to nejlepší píseň na albu.
•• The Cribs mark a welcome return and are pleased to finally announce details of their new album ‘For All My Sisters on 24rd March 2015.
•• The band’s sixth studio album, it follows 2013’s career spanning ‘Payola’ collection and 2012’s Top 10 album ‘In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull’ and the first for new North American label Arts & Crafts.
•• Having reconvened over the last year in Wakefield and Portland, the band later decamped to New York and Magic Shop studio with legendary producer and The Cars frontman Ric Ocasek (Weezer) to begin recording.
•• A new label, a new perspective, a new challenge — ‘For All My Sisters’ marks the start of the next chapter, in a decade long existence that has seen the band continually evolve and thrill, ever advancing whilst stockpiling an enviable arsenal of songs.
Location: Wakefield/Portland, Oregon
Album release: 23 / 24th March 2015
Record Label: Sonic Blew / Sony Red / Arts & Crafts
Duration: 46:56 + DVD
Disc 1 — CD
01. Finally Free 3:39
02. Different Angle 3:38
03. Burning For No One 3:14
04. Mr. Wrong 2:58
05. An Ivory Hand 3:57
06. Simple Story 3:21
07. City Storms 3:54
08. Pacific Time 4:25
09. Summer Of Chances 3:31
10. Diamond Girl 3:17
11. Spring On Broadway 3:49
12. Pink Snow 7:13
Disc 2 — DVD Cribsmas II 'Two Nights Down The Old Town & Country'
01. Come On, Be A No–One
02. I'm A Realist
03. Cheat On Me
04. Glitters Like Gold
05. Jaded Youth
06. Our Bovine Public
07. Girls Like Mystery
08. I've Tried Everything
09. Shoot The Poets
11. Back to the Bolthole
12. Another Number
13. Be Safe
14. Mirror Kissers
15. Hey Scenesters!
16. We Were Aborted (with Johnny Marr)
17. We Share The Same Skies (with Johnny Marr)
19. Like A Gift Giver
21. Arena Rock Encore with Full Cast
22. Men's Needs
23. City Of Bugs
01. Lights Went Out
02. The Watch Trick
03. You Were Always The One
04. To Jackson
05. What About Me
•• Gary Jarman — Bass, Vocals.
•• Ryan Jarman — Guitar, Vocals.
•• Ross Jarman — Drums.
•• Producer: Ric Ocasek
•• For All My Sisters is the brand new album from The Cribs and the first since In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull in 2012. Produced by Ric Ocasek from The Cars (Weezer / Guided By Voices) and recorded at The Magic Shop in New York the album is a return to the pop sensibilities of Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever era Cribs.
•• The CD / DVD is packaged in a 28 page casebound bookpack with the 12 track album CD & full live DVD performance from the band’s Cribsmas shows at Leeds Academy in December 2013. This item will be signed by The Cribs.
By John Murphy | Posted on 17 Mar 2015 | Score: ****
•• “It weren’t me best one, but who cares?” That throwaway snatch of conversation at the end of Be Safe, from The Cribs‘ superlative Men’s Needs, Woman’s Needs, Whatever album was met with a chuckle and approving mutter of “that’s the spirit” from guest vocalist Lee Ranaldo, but it also seems to sum up the Wakefield trio’s career since that high watermark. For Men’s Needs… was a truly great album — full of intelligent, thoughtful pop songs wrapped up in a fuzzy, scuzzy little package that just screamed attitude.
•• Since then, we’ve had two albums from the Jarman brothers, neither of which have really lived up to their 2007 masterpiece. Ignore the Ignorant (for which they were joined by Johnny Marr as an auxiliary member) was decent enough but lacked the raw edge that was so thrilling previously, while In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull had flashes of genius, but was a bit bloated and unfocused. That phrase kept coming to mind: it weren’t their best, but who cares?
•• Thankfully, For All My Sisters IS The Cribs at their best — so good in fact, that their sixth album could eclipse Men’s Needs… as the definitive Cribs album. There’s a fresh energy and swagger about the Jarmans now, helped in no small way by producer Ric Ocasek. Cribs albums have always been defined by their producer — including names such as Bernard Butler, Edwyn Collins and Alex Kapranos — and the former Cars vocalist has completely nailed exactly what it is that makes The Cribs so great.
•• That new vitality is evident from the opening ringing chords of Finally Free, and stays visible all through the album. There’s always been a great pop sensibility to The Cribs, and it’s very much in evident on For All My Sisters. The most obvious example is the gloriously catchy Different Angle, which could be the most accessible thing they’ve ever done, and tracks like Burning For No One and An Ivory Hand bury themselves into the brain and refuse to leave.
•• Yet as ever with The Cribs, there’s an abrasive edge to the album (although not as abrasive had the long rumoured sessions with Steve Albini seen the light of day) — Simple Story is an acoustic ballad sung by Ryan Jarman in a cracked, wobbly fashion which sounds like it was recorded at the bottom of the ocean, and sounds, for all the world, like it could be about a werewolf (“I’m howling at the moon just hoping someone understands….I disappear, show up a few days later with my foot in a trap”). •• At the other extreme, the guitar riffs on the likes of Summer Of Chances and Spring On Broadway are amongst the fiercest that the Jarmans have come up with yet.
•• Another way that The Cribs have distinguished themselves from other, more run of the mill, indie bands has been their snubbing of the odious ‘lad culture’ that seems to have found its way into the genre. This is, after all, a band who wrote a song criticising the Pigeon Detectives‘ ill–advised decision to hold wet T–shirt contests on stage, and who appeared on Sky’s football show Soccer AM to proudly boast they had no interest in the sport. On For All My Sisters, from the title onwards, the band’s feminist credentials are further displayed — it’s hard to imagine Catfish And The Bottlemen, for instance, sing “we’re not as straight as you want us to be” on the exhilarating Diamond Girl, or for any other band to be behind the epic, seven–minute closer Pink Snow, maybe the most ambitious song that The Cribs have yet recorded.
•• In a genre that feels happy to be rooted in mediocrity, this is an album to renew your faith in guitar music. This time around, it IS their best one, and we care. Now that really is the spirit. •• http://www.musicomh.com/
The Guardian, Listen to the Jarman brothers’ sixth album ahead of release, and read their track–by–track guide
•• The Cribs' Johnny Marr has confirmed that the band plan to carry on and make a second album as a four–piece. He said it would be "weird" if they didn't. "It's an unspoken understanding," he said. "It'd be weird to not do it [make another album together]." Pic: Tom Oxley
By Mark Beaumont, March 5, 2015; Score: 8/10
|For All My Sisters|