The Cribs - Ignore the Ignorant

by Matt Johnson Rating:9 Release Date:2009-09-07

To an already-successful indie-rock band, add one legendary guitarist: Johnny Marr. The ex-Smiths Mancunian musician joined the Cribs in 2008 and the band got straight to work on Ignore the Ignorant, which Marr describes as "good as anything I've done". Johnny, I wholeheartedly agree. Twenty-five years on from the chiming Rickenbacker intro to 'Hand in Glove', Marr still spoils us by once again gracing our ears with his flawless riffs, which are ever-present in Ignore the Ignorant.

The tried and tested Cribs, now on their fourth studio album, have created probably their best work so far, with Ignore the Ignorant peaking at number eight in the UK album charts along with 'We Share the Same Skies' being used on The BBC's Match of the Day 2. The album begins at a fast pace with 'We Were Aborted'; a catchy song that sets a high benchmark for the rest of the album to follow. The aforementioned 'We Share the Same Skies' is arguably one of the best tracks on the album, with a 20 second long Marr intro complete with poetic lyrics throughout.

So, how do you get over the sound of one amazing track? With another of course, as 'City of Bugs' follows, which should also be held in high regard. The song is an epic journey which starts with an introduction reminiscent of Sonic Youth's 'Hairpiece Lullaby', then twists and turns through recurring verses and finishes with the powerful lyric: "In a shattering climax, the wall falls". The album is hard to criticise, having no clear fillers and a track-list that's hard to pick a favourite from, although 'Cheat on Me' was chosen as the band's first single taken from Ignore the Ignorant, when it could be argued that there is a bounty of seemingly more primary choices.

The album is a great one, with the infinite fountain of poetry that stems from the sainted Jarman brothers and the iconic Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr at the helm; the band can do no wrong.

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