The Cribs, 'Ignore the Ignorant' (Warner Bros.)

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by Josh Modell

Ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr recently joined the Cribs, as is evident in the chiming intro to "Last Year's Snow," from the feisty British band's fourth full-length. He also brings a sense of calm to Ignorant, which could be frustrating to those looking for a snarling good time, but the pairing is mostly brilliant. The Cribs' songs hold up even when slowed down, and they're able to paint outside old lines with the added shadings, nodding to Sonic Youth ("City of Bugs") and the Smiths again ("Save Your Secrets"), while still delivering plenty of their typical Britrock momentum.

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