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Reviewed on 18th July 2005.


The New Fellas

By The Cribs

As I sit down to write this review I find myself remembering last night at The Cockpit watching a hundred young trendies letting themselves go crazy to tracks on this album such as Hey Scenesters!, Mirror Kissers and The Wrong Way To Be.

Prior to that moment I was going to write a good to average review but when you see the effect that The Cribs' music has on a new generation of indie music lovers it's hard not to be affected yourself.

The aforementioned songs, and therefore the mainstay of tracks on The New Fellas, are often simple nuggets of shambolic pop that when sampled on your bedroom stereo can fail to make a lasting impression. Yet throw yourself around a dark, sweaty underground indie club full of Leeds 'Scenesters' (as The Cribs themselves would put it) you suddenly feel these songs grow in stature and begin to make some kind of sense.

In my hazy memory I recollect myself jerking around on the edge of the dance floor to Mirror Kissers in a state not dissimilar to a malfunctioning robot. And it is when I remember this that I realise that this album should not be disregarded, as some music magazines may want you to, but embraced as a moment in Leeds' transformation from music nobody to music somebody.

I won't claim that this album is fodder for those that consider themselves to be music aficionados. This is purely good time music for having a bloody good time to and there's nothing wrong with that.

The Cribs may never become a mainstream commercial success akin to the Chiefs but this album, as well as their debut, do seem forever destined to etch this band as at least a pivotal footnote in Leeds', and don't forget Wakefield's musical heritage.



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On 19th July 2005 at 08:34 Anonymous 30 wrote...

You would have to be having a really good time to enjoy this album or think you should be enjoying this album because everyone else is, because it's not very good


On 19th July 2005 at 09:31 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

Experience this album how I believe it's intended to be experienced (ie live gig, indie club) and you'll get it.

If not, then you probably won't.


On 19th July 2005 at 11:42 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Sorry looking for the whole package myself - By the way which bits of the music press have been having a go a the album? (genuine question - as I've only seen positive reviews so far - which aded to the dissapointment when I actually heard it)


On 19th July 2005 at 13:12 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

Neither the NME or Q gave it particulary great reviews. I might be wrong but I think Q gave it 2/5.


On 19th July 2005 at 13:38 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

I take that back slightly. The NME gave it 8/10 didn't they.

Still Q dissed it.


On 19th July 2005 at 16:14 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Not that the NME is a hype based paper and Q is an unbiased respected reviewer


On 19th July 2005 at 18:25 Anonymous 4205 wrote...

Indeed. But Q is for the oldies and The Cribs are for the kids.

Anyway it's a 4/5 in my book. End of.


On 19th July 2005 at 22:17 Anonymous 30 wrote...

Ooo contentious


On 20th July 2005 at 11:22 Anonymous 4185 wrote...

Fucking ace album, whether experienced live or in a club. It's just shambolic, energetic sugary pop. Wonderful.


On 20th July 2005 at 11:23 Anonymous 2871 wrote...

Oops, that was me. I forgot TheAceOfStace was the last person to log in on my computer. Sorry!



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