Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
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  1. Nov 20, 2020
    Night Network may not be the 12 tracks which would shake the person who doesn’t like The Cribs out of their most curious position. But it is 12 more assertions of greatness from a band who you really should like.
  2. 100
    The Cribs’ best album in 11 years.
  3. Nov 19, 2020
    ‘Night Network’, far from being the exercise in kicking and screaming that it might have been, is instead a study in elegance in the face of adversity. The Cribs are back.
  4. 85
    This is a tight, focused, powerful effort by one of the most underrated bands in the world – and certainly one of the finest bands to come from these shores in the past twenty years. Night Network is a minor masterpiece.
  5. Nov 24, 2020
    A career highlight filled with well-earned warmth, Night Network is exactly the kind of album the Cribs should be making as they near their 20th anniversary.
  6. Mojo
    Nov 12, 2020
    The resulting 12 songs return the group to their earlier sound, a chaotic bundle of charm and romance, realism and poppy experiment. [Dec 2020, p.83]
  7. Nov 12, 2020
    The sound of a band resurgent, ‘Night Network’ will have you falling in love with The Cribs all over again. Tapping into their core sounds and core values, it finds the band emerging from their legal troubles triumphant, relishing the vitality of being able to make music together, in the same room, at the same time.
  8. Uncut
    Nov 12, 2020
    It's the smoother, almost surfy, tones of tracks like "Deep Infatuation" and "Earl & Duke" that offer a pleasing change of tone from the familiar indie racket. [Dec 2020, p.29]
  9. Nov 19, 2020
    Night Network is the first Cribs album the Jarmans have produced themselves, and they dial in the sharp-edged indie-rock sound that characterized the bracing guitars and punchy rhythm of The Cribs’ earlier records. It’s in the songwriting that things sometimes fall apart.
  10. 60
    Night Network isn’t a bad album, but it's not a particularly memorable one, either.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Nov 22, 2020
    Quite possibly their best album since Men's Needs. Basically no filler tracks, just banger after banger. Easily one of my top albums of the year
  2. Nov 20, 2020
    I love The Cribs, no doubts. But I've always felt that in most of the Jarman Bros records they slip a little bit in the track order. II love The Cribs, no doubts. But I've always felt that in most of the Jarman Bros records they slip a little bit in the track order. I absolutely love every record, but sometimes I think that some songs are misplaced. The amazing thing is: it doesn't happened in Night Network.

    The album is very surprising. It brings a vintage vibe to the band and very unique melody. The raw and real is still there (they didn't left their mojo and essence out). But they left their most grunge side in 24/7 Rockstar Sh1t album and decided to bring a brand new The Cribs facet.

    Specially the creamy sound added to Ryan's guitar souding is so cozy and hypnotizing. I would highlight (besides the singles) Screaming In Suburbia, Deep Infatuation, Under The Bus Station Clock and Siren Sing-Along.

    The Night Network makes the listener travels in time. From 50s, 60's and 70's to 90's, 00s and today. Absolutely amazing. That is not an album, but an immersive device right into the velvet constellation drawn by Ryan, Gary and Ross.
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