The Cribs have already been making the world a better place for three albums and now they’re back with “Ignore The Ignorant”. It’s somewhat the mark of a new beginning because other than opener “We Were Aborted”, the new album doesn’t quite sound like what we’re used to from the Jarman brothers.
That could of course also be attributed to the addition of one Johnny Marr on guitar. He definitely brings a little of The Smiths to a song like “Last Year’s Snow”, does nice things with his guitar in “Cheat On Me” and overall he makes the songs sound a little more melodic and fuller. While this does take away from the energy that they were known for, I’m left wondering if that really is a bad thing in this case? After all, you do get songs like “Victims Of Mass Production” and “City Of Bugs” in return.
It may not become a rock classic but you’d be an idiot to completely ignore these guys. They rock a little too hard to go unnoticed.