Music review: For All My Sisters by The Cribs - high-energy power pop at play
For All My Sisters
Sonic Blew/Sony Red
In 2004 the Jarman brothers from West Yorkshire - twins Gary and Ryan, and younger sibling Ross - burst onto the English indie rock scene with a self-titled debut album full of lo-fi garage punk. With its shambolic pop melodies and big, bold hooks, The Cribs owed more than a nod of their dodgy haircuts to The Strokes and The Libertines, and laid the foundation for a decade of cult status.
Now with a leap to a major label and the promise of two albums in quick succession, one pop and one full-on punk, The Cribs are making an energetic push to play with the big boys. Produced in New York by Ric Ocasek, frontman of The Cars, For All My Sisters is their shiny power-pop offering. Ocasek brings a noticeable sheen and a little more tightness to the scruffy guitar work on the band's sixth album (although producer Steve Albini will no doubt encourage a certain looseness to the forthcoming collection of punk tunes), but this is still very much The Cribs doing what they do best.
Mere seconds into the swaggering opener, Finally Free, we find the jerky riffs and wailing vocals all present and correct, immediately laying to rest any worries that this would be a polished and dumbed-down Mk II version of the power-pop trio.
The high energy level never lets up throughout the 12 tracks, which can sometimes make it sound a little samey, but then again the album is packed with undeniably catchy pop melodies.
Sounding like a greatest hits package, it's impossible to pick out any highlights, as each song can easily be a stand-alone single. This is indie-pop perfection at its most infectious.