24-7 ROCK STAR SHIT SONIC BLUE, OUT 11 AU­GUST Wakefield in­die-rock trio’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Steve Al­bini.

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Fol­low­ing their union with Johnny Marr, The Cribs were sched­uled to re­lease a pop al­bum and a punk one, in rapid suc­ces­sion. Pro­duced by Cars leader Ric ocasek, 2015’ s rel­a­tively slick For All My Sis­ters went Top 10, but the punk half of the bar­gain fal­tered when some 2011 ses­sions with Nir­vana pro­ducer Steve Al­bini were held over. Even so, the sense of un­fin­ished mis­sion lin­gered and last year, the Jar­man broth­ers re­turned to Al­bini’s Chicago lair, recorded a clutch of new songs, res­ur­rected three from 2011 and, voilà, 24-7 Rock Star Shit. De­spite the gen­tle, plain­tive Sticks Not Twigs and the lugubri­ous Dead At The Wheel, it’s Al­bini in ex­cel­sis: a su­per-fast, su­per­loud cathar­tic howl, but this be­ing The Cribs, it’s leav­ened by their trade­mark way with a manly melody.

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