Sound — 8
It seems that with each album Ryan, Gary and Ross Jarman have made together, their sound has become more distinct. Men's Need's, Women's Needs Whatever see's a much more cleaner production style, but it has brought out the best of the band. The riffs are clearer, the bass is cleaner, and the drums do not sound like they were recorded in a shed. The music itself shows us that Ryan Jarman hasn't even come close to running out of catchy riffs to use in songs, each track produces another hook that is bound to lodge itself in your brain for the remainder of your day (particularly the lead single 'Men's Needs' and the tremolo heavy 'My Life Flashed Before My Eyes'). Gary on bass and Ross on drums do an amazing job of holding together the songs together with style and flair.
Lyrics — 8
Perhaps the albums title is a clue that the lyrical themes throughout relate to relationships, the only exceptions are the opener 'Our Bovine Public' and 'I've Tried Everything' the latter being about the boy's hometown of Wakefield. Perhaps another thing you may expect from a Cribs album is the occasional jibe, the rants at movie stars and music television are a little more subtle than on their previous album. The vocals themselves are mainly taken by bassist Gary throughout the album, and his delivery is almost perfect, from the husky rasp on the chorus of Men's Needs to the more melodic Moving pictures, he shows that he has a lot to offer than just shouting into a microphone. Ryan also does his bit, showing he can sing as well as shout, although the singing does come about a bit less often.
Overall Impression — 9
This album shows us that that the Cribs are by far one of the most under rated bands in the UK, this album beats any similar sounding artists this year by a mile. The most notable tunes on the record are the storming 'Our Bovine Public,' lead single 'Men's Needs' and the gloriously catchy 'I'm A Realist.' There doesn't seem to be any filler on the album, and there is clearly a lot of effort put into making music more than generating sales. Not afraid to speak their mind, this is a reminder to everyone that The Cribs are not merely a gobby trio from Yorkshire, but one of the best guitar bands in Britain.