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Men's Needs Women's Needs Whatever

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One of the best British rock bands to emerge in years, The Cribs make their major-label debut with Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever. Produced by Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos, the album finds the fraternal Jarman trio twins Ryan and Gary, and kid brother Ross blasting out perfect pop songs with provocative punk power. The melodies are brash and memorable, the hooks undeniable, and the lyrics spiced with intelligence and a healthy cynicism. Capturing their famed onstage ferocity, Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever introduces The Cribs to America. [Note: This product is an authorized CD-R and is manufactured on demand]

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The members of the Cribs--three brothers from Yorkshire, England--have seen their ascent from underground do-it-yourselfers to mainstream darlings correspond with the maturation and refinement of their music. On their third album, a major-label debut with one of rock's great titles, the trio wears a newly polished sound proudly, while not coming close to straddling the sell-out ledge. Ryan Jarman's magnetic lead vocals and skewering guitar interplay never let up, from the kick-off Jam-like "Our Bovine Public" through the charming folk number "Shoot the Poets," ever-accented by the band's penchant for 24-carat choruses, best exemplified on "Men's Needs" ("A man's needs are full of greed") and "My Life Flashed Before My Eyes" ("Well I'm alright, although I know you lied/I don't mind"). And look no further than "Be Safe" to gauge just how far the band has risen. A spoken-word cameo by Sonic Youth axeman Lee Ranaldo drives the nearly six-minute, mind-altering epic over the Jarmans' bass-driven requiem and "be safe" shout-outs. It's easily the best song on an album full of first-rate material, paving the way to a new direction for a band just realizing its budding capabilities. --Scott Holter
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B000QUU5XG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #207,396 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By L. Ewing on July 23, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I fell upon this gem of band, thanks to an entry on Ben Gibbards "MOG" which urged fellow DCFC fans to go out buy MNWNW. Their sound is definitely unlike any "others" out there. The three brothers produce a combination of rock and indie, think Kaiser Chiefs (who are their friends) with a different lead singer. And don't let the track titles steer you wrong, although the Crib's lyrics have that dry sense of humor/cynicism about them, the songs themselves are made to put you in a good mood. The catchy tune on a long drive.

Not a skipable track, but my favorites are Our Bovine Public, Mens Needs, I'm a REALIST, I've tried everything and the awesome Be Safe, which has the same idea as Radiohead's Fitter Happier.... "These are the days when I hate the world Hate the rich, hate the happy, hate the complacent, the TV watchers, beer drinkers, the satisfied ones. Because I know I can be all of those little hateful things. And then I hate myself for realising that"

Pricelesss. Give the Cribs a try!
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"Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever" seems like it ought to be late night lounge music from the brown & white silhouettes on the cover. However, this rock pumps hard & punk. From Yorkshire, England, this is the third new set from this band of three brothers, their first major label outing. For the most part, it was recorded in Vancouver, Canada. While most of the tracks share a loud approach, there are differences such as on "Moving Pictures" with the vocal pyrotechnics of guitarist Ryan Jarman. "Women's Needs" is another favorite of mine with its wild bounce and the thundering guitar storm that concludes the piece. "Ancient History" is raucous guitar rock, "By the end of the evening, I was saying "no doubt" of all of the things you can live without." The opener, "Our Bovine Public" is a bouncy keeper. The Cribs pump out classy trashy rock for those who like to listen with the volume turned up so it makes the walls rattle. Enjoy!
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By Tadhog on February 6, 2008
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I tripped across this band when listening for Oxford Collapse (Remember the Night Parties) on Pandora. The Cribs are tight and catchy. It's got everything I love. High tempo rock without being mindless punk; interesting varied distorted guitar work that is neither indulgent nor fuzzy, driving bass lines, and a rock beat you can feel.

This CD is not one of the seminal albums of all time, but it is a really really good one, from start to finish. Good head-bopping rock n roll fun. And c'mon, you gotta love the title!
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This is just such a great album. If you are a moderate or new fan of The Cribs, I definitely recommend checking out this album to get an idea of what the band is all about. It is chock full of singles and popular little songs that well exemplify the message and musical stylings of the band. And even if you've never heard of The Cribs before but like post-punk revival music, you should listen to this album. You will be hooked. I cannot recommend buying this album enough. I've had it for about a month and it has yet to get old or be removed from repeat on my iPod. =]
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This is the first time I have ever reviewed an album here at Amazon but this album is so good I feel compelled to. I know whether or not I like an album or you like an album is purely subjective but I can not but help tell you how much I like this album. There is a very Squeeze quality about them, especially the song "Men's Needs". I'm not sure how to explain why but maybe it's the singing or maybe it's the musicianship as well. I've always liked Brit Rock or Brit Pop going back to the early '80s with The Smiths and Echo and the Bunnymen and so forth. During the '90s the music scene was owned by the UK acts such as Oasis, Blur, Placebo, Super Grass and others. Those bands saved music. On this side of the Atlantic we were subjected to the likes of Sound Garden, Puke Jam, oops I mean Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, Green Day and the like, but the UK saved us from that and gave us great music in Oasis and other bands of that like. Well The Cribs continue to carry the torch with this fine album. First and foremost the song writing is great. I mean without even mentioning other aspects of the songs the songs are very well written. They also have tight musicianship along with excellent production and excellent singing. They bring an overall feel to the CD that really makes the experience of listening to it a real pleasure. Not only is "Men's Needs" a great song that I never grow tired of but standouts are songs such as "Moving Pictures", "My Life Flashed Before My Eyes", and "Girls Like Mystery". All the other songs are great too. I'd love to see them live and missed my chance to see them at the El Rey Theatre on Wilshire in Los Angeles. I'm still kicking myself for that.Read more ›
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This is the little band that nobody has heard, and it's a shame. With MNWMW, The Cribs craft a credible contender for indie album to end all indie albums. Every song in the pack has a catchy hook, lyric or overall humorous tone that you can't help but sing along to.

The best in the pack, in my opinion, are Men's Needs, Girls Like Mystery, and Ancient History. All of these songs have an infectious tick that absolutely beg to be heard again and again. And while these songs stand out in my head, the other tracks are no slouches either. More like the alt-rock NY Strokes, The Cribs administer their own British punk rock sound with very simple chord progressions and hooks. By all means these are all well used and you get a sense that while their mastery of musicianship isn't displayed here, every simple hook and chord is used to its most sharp precision. Its deliberate and unapologetic, a perfect blend of whimsical lyrics and "I know where the tune is going, and I don't care one bit" attitude.

While this approach to music writing is great in this reviewers ear, to some it might sound like all the songs sound the same. But that's for you to decide. If you needed to pick one song to listen to in order to judge the quality of the work, I'd go for Girls Like Mystery as a starting point. With that one song you can encompass the direction of their style, and their penchant for light-hearted musical genius.
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