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Everything in Between
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Fat Possum
The Cribs
Wichita Recordings

Rating: 5/10 ?

October 1, 2004
A less charming version of the Strokes, the Cribs have a gritty street style and a sound reminiscent of the early 70's - but its simplicity is its downfall - like a high school jazz quartet trying to sound street. The beats are simple and the rhythm is slow, and all a bit dodgy in most cases. This debut feels sort of like a 'better luck next time' album, one which misses the mark.

I think the problem is they're trying too hard. They are looking for a sound and not really listening to what they sound like, unless they recorded this album in a shoe box. At times it's very Velvet Underground-like; other times it sounds like the Modern Lovers first album, but generally it's a challenge to listen to.

From the first track, "The Watch Trick", the Cribs set the stage to a slow, sloppy Velvet Underground impression. The breakdowns and stop-starts in the song are out of any logical order, I'm not sure why they chose the song to open the album. Perhaps they're banking on a little schadenfreude, but no one is enjoying anything here.

The 'hit single' release from the album, "You Were Always The One", is one of the few tracks worthwhile here. Though it gets repetitive at the end, this song is enjoyable and the most fun of the lot… and it sounds just like track seven: "What About Me", so you have your pick of the one good song on the album right there.

A major problem with the album is the lack of ideas. Each song is made up of two or three ideas or sounds. The only thing to they can do to make an actual song out of these sounds is to repeat them over and over and it's hard to deal with for more than 5 minutes, specifically with the song "The Lights Went Out." Ugh.

I can't think of any other ways to say this album is not good, so I'll just stick with that. Perhaps they should learn to play their instruments before they go into a recording studio… that may help.

Reviewed by Bob Ladewig
Having been introduced to good music by his sister in the early years, Bob Ladewig has been searching out all the best in indie music ever since. He also rides a skateboard and performs/directs comedy shows and, like all great men, he\'s afraid of really growing up.

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