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24-7 Rock Star Shit ★★★ Sonic Blew

With the 10-year an­niver­sary tour of their beloved third al­bum, Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs

What­ever, still ring­ing in their ears, it would have been tempt­ing for The Cribs to try to re­cap­ture former glo­ries, but in­stead the band have de­cided to go back to ba­sics. 24- 7 Rock Star Shit dis­cards the pop­pier el­e­ments of 2015’s For All My Sis­ters in favour of the tougher side of the Jar­man broth­ers’ un­var­nished truth. With Steve Al­bini at the helm it’s busi­ness as usual for the lo-fi pro­ducer: the al­bum was recorded in just five days, re­tain­ing that vis­ceral demo- style ur­gency. 24-7 Rock Star Shit is an un­com­pro­mis­ing de­tour that not many of their con­tem­po­raries would be will­ing to take. It’s not the al­bum to pro­pel them into the arms of the main­stream, but The Cribs seem more at home in this dis­tinc­tive, ram­shackle cul-de-sac. the­

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