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  • Summary: Dave Fridmann and Steve Albini helped produce the fifth studio album for the British indie rock band that returns as a trio after Johnny Marr left to pursue his own solo work.
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 7, 2012
    80
    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.
  3. May 14, 2012
    80
    Raw but accomplished, tuneful yet noisy, on In the Belly of the Brazen Bull the Cribs are more comfortable with their contradictions than ever.
  4. 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.
  5. Jul 18, 2012
    60
    The group's fourth album confirms that their default setting is a bit four-square nuts-and-bolts punk pop. [Jun 2012, p.92]
  6. May 11, 2012
    60
    While in a way this record sums up everything the Cribs are about, it fails to foreground their most exciting aspects.
  7. Aug 16, 2012
    20
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. Jun 29, 2012
    10
    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. Expand
  2. Jun 29, 2012
    10
    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. Collapse
  3. Jun 6, 2013
    0
    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. Expand