British rockers the Cribs loaded 2007’s Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever with razorblade vocals and guitars. On this follow-up, they get a little poppier and a lot moodier, thanks to ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who joined the three Jarman brothers last year. There’s still considerable crunch to songs like “We Were Aborted” and “Emasculate Me,” but the Cribs’ post-punk rage gives way to more tuneful moments on Ignore the Ignorant. Gary Jarman still tears at his larynx during the band’s big choruses (see “Cheat on Me”), and the songs still tend to do that quiet-loud thing. But Marr’s subtle jangle and sharp pop sense lead the Cribs to some grander, Smiths-like soundscapes this time around — which often are more cluttered than they need to be. But the six-minute “City of Bugs,” which slowly builds to its rousing finish, sounds like an upgrade. — Michael Gallucci
Support Local Journalism.
Join the San Antonio Current Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the San Antonio Press Club for as little as $5 a month.