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The Cribs - Year of Hate

They’ve been the UK’s most consistently brilliant band for over a decade now, and there’s no sign of them letting that tag go soon.
The Cribs - Year of Hate
Published: 10:25 am, June 16, 2017
They’ve been the UK’s most consistently brilliant band for over a decade now, and there’s no sign of them letting that tag go soon.

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There’s value in the unpolished gem. That’s something The Cribs know well. They’ve always had an ear for a killer hook or a sing-a-long verse. It doesn’t matter how much fuzz and grunge it’s packed under, it’ll still sparkle in the limelight.

That’s why their long-term dalliance with Steve Albini has been such an exciting concept. Now we’re finally starting to see the fruits of their endeavour, those theories of a dream team combination are holding true.

Like ‘In Your Palace’, ‘Year of Hate’ is as scrappy as The Cribs have ever felt - but in the best possible way. There’s a rawness to the recording that makes those shiny edges glisten all that brighter. A tensed muscle with a golden skin, it’s both strong and sharp. They’ve been the UK’s most consistently brilliant band for over a decade now, and there’s no sign of them letting that tag go soon. Stephen Ackroyd

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