Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. It still defiantly goes against the grain, but also explodes with immediate, attention-grabbing riffs.
  2. May 4, 2012
    This is their best yet and possibly the best of the year.
  3. Jun 20, 2012
    This is the work of a band who are beginning to realise they don't always need to bark so loudly to be heard. [Jun 2012, p.103]
  4. May 14, 2012
    Raw but accomplished, tuneful yet noisy, on In the Belly of the Brazen Bull the Cribs are more comfortable with their contradictions than ever.
  5. May 14, 2012
    The indie scrappers' fifth album is as cocky, defiant and shouty as earlier efforts.
  6. 80
    The trio's fifth album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull, fuses the opposing dichotomies, offering heavy noise and bravado alongside emotional vulnerability to satisfy anyone on the rock and roll spectrum.
  7. May 7, 2012
    Back to their scrappy, atonal, lo-fi sound of the band's early days it mightn't be, 'In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull' is still a good album which sees The Cribs exploring new sounds and old – stumbling upon some truly excellent songs in the process.
  8. May 4, 2012
    Overall, In The Belly Of A Brazen Bull is an impressive fifth album from the trio, one that contains elements of their earlier work, while also demonstrating the Jarmans' intention not to be constrained by one particular sound.
  9. May 4, 2012
    In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull is honest, sweaty and delirious.... Their most exciting album yet.
  10. May 2, 2012
    Tunes are plentiful, but competing with angularity and dissonance to establish a prevailing mood.
  11. May 7, 2012
    If guitar-based music is still your source of shameless pop, you'll probably enjoy In the Belly more than most records that actually aspire for art.
  12. Jun 4, 2012
    If you're over alt-rock, then Brazen Bull is going to do little to bring you around. But if you need a new guitar rock record, one that you can headbang to without irony, then the Cribs have delivered.
  13. May 30, 2012
    The band's twee-ish melodies are still firmly in place, and the album has its softer acoustic moments - but the big slabs of rock all over In The Belly Of The Brazen Bull help give it a fantastic heft. [No.87 p.56]
  14. Like everything else the Cribs have done, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull is a relatively easy album to like, with sharp melodies and catchy hooks. It's just held back by a feeling of indecision that permeates tracks whose parts seem to want to go in conflicting directions.
  15. May 16, 2012
    The balance of the record takes some patience before the well-crafted songwriting emerges from beneath a haze of disheveled nonchalance and overdriven feedback.
  16. May 2, 2012
    An occasionally excellent but disjointed album. [Jun 2012, p.71]
  17. Jul 18, 2012
    The group's fourth album confirms that their default setting is a bit four-square nuts-and-bolts punk pop. [Jun 2012, p.92]
  18. May 23, 2012
    Although this may not be a masterpiece in the repertoire, I can't say that it lacks anything in particular, in fact, the opposite is true. It gives too much. There just became a point where I needed to avert my attention away from the heart-ache.
  19. May 17, 2012
    Brazen Bull is a cohesive, if lengthy, album that offers only occasional audio reminders of who was behind the board.
  20. May 11, 2012
    While in a way this record sums up everything the Cribs are about, it fails to foreground their most exciting aspects.
  21. May 3, 2012
    It's all a little too faithful to its template [90's lo-fi slacker rock] to be truly arresting.
  22. May 8, 2012
    It all feels a little weary and, whilst there's clear commitment and execution, the material suddenly sounds oh so dated.
  23. 50
    Although the Cribs are very good at what they do, the songwriting on the album just feels tired and unfocused.
  24. Everything's turned up to 11 but content is absolute zero. If the Cribs were any more landfill, they'd have seagulls following them around.
  25. 40
    Bull drags on with minimal memorable hooks and far too much guitar feedback. [Jun 2012, p.76]
  26. Aug 16, 2012
    It is this very same forgettable, plodding, lo-fi characteristic that strikes the right chord with those that think The Cribs are the answer to rock 'n' roll.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jun 29, 2012
    By far the bands most advanced, yet still immediate, album. Like a more progressive 'Pinkerton', or a more tuneful 'In Utero', this album expands on everything that makes The Cribs one of the best of their generation. Full Review »
  2. Jun 6, 2013
    Dull, meaningless 3-chord rubbish. Only way to describe this album, truly awful. How much are they paying NME to keep promoting them? They only have one memorable song, 2007's Men's Needs, anyone who says different is delusional. Full Review »
  3. Jun 29, 2012
    killer. just killer. Here the brothers jarman prove that the don't, and never did, need Johnny Marr. A significant progression on the admittedly fantastic Ignore The Ignorant. Full Review »