CD: The Cribs, The Cribs


Just what the world needs - a Strokes covers band from Wakefield. Because whatever misconceptions new kids on the indie block the Cribs are labouring under, there's no mistaking the already stale influence of Casablancas and co.

Things You Should Be Knowing sounds like an unrefined version of the Strokes' Sometimes, which should leave these three brothers squirming with embarrassment. That every song managing to wriggle out from under their NYC fixation, ends up reminiscent of the 60ft Dolls back catalogue deserves to give them sleeplessness nights.

Though You Were Always the One flirts with being passable indie pop, repetitive lyrics fatally wound the knockabout fun of What About Me. Baby Don't Sweat has a flurry of ideas that aren't given the space to work. "We've got no direction," they celebrate on Direction. They're right.


Betty Clarke

The GuardianTramp

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