Night Network

The Cribs - Night Network
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2020 Ratings: #73 / 794
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Based on 64 ratings
2020 Ratings: #750
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Night Network begins with The Cribs gently waving “goodbye” to their year of turmoil, and ends with victorious cries of “good riddance”, that turmoil now merely a passing memory. And with the album falling on a month where the world has stepped up in yelling “good riddance” to bad rubbish, there couldn’t be a more fitting soundtrack. Welcome back lads. You may have saved 2020.
It may begin with a ‘Goodbye’, but ‘Night Network’ isn’t the sound of a run-down band staggering towards the finish line. Far from it – The Cribs have just embarked on a victory lap.

Night Network may not be the 12 tracks which would shake the person who doesn’t like The Cribs out of their most curious position. But it is 12 more assertions of greatness from a band who you really should like.


Far from being the exercise in kicking and screaming that it might have been, is instead a study in elegance in the face of adversity. The Cribs are back.

The Line of Best Fit

This is a tight, focused, powerful effort by one of the most underrated bands in the world – and certainly one of the finest bands to come from these shores in the past twenty years. Night Network is a minor masterpiece.


The resulting 12 songs, written in drummer Ross Jarman's garage over a 2018 Christmas family get-together, returns the group to their early sound, a chaotic bundle of charm and romance, realism and poppy experiment.

Louder Than War

In a world of instant gratification, Night Network is an album that benefits from close and repeated plays. A little more restrained than I was expecting perhaps, as a whole the album actually felt a tad underwhelming the first time round.

An invigorating experience as punk as it is poetic, it’s a fantastic ride from start to finish.

A career highlight filled with well-earned warmth, Night Network is exactly the kind of album the Cribs should be making as they near their 20th anniversary.

Band of brothers return for eighth album of pop-kissed garage rock.
Northern Transmissions
It could well be that The Cribs are victims of their own legacy, when they’ve set such a high bar with previous releases, sometimes it’s hard to maintain that consistency. We should just be thankful that the band managed to overcome a really crap time and still had the hunger to continue producing music.

Night Network is the first Cribs album the Jarmans have produced themselves, and they dial in the sharp-edged indie-rock sound that characterized the bracing guitars and punchy rhythm of The Cribs’ earlier records. It’s in the songwriting that things sometimes fall apart.

The Independent

Night Network isn’t a bad album, but it's not a particularly memorable one, either.

I'll admit, I'm biased because British indie-pop bands like The Kooks & Two Door Cinema Club were the bands that helped me get into music back in college, but I loved this album. It's one of the better albums in this sub-genre I've heard in a long time. It sounds nostalgic for that early 2010's era, but still fresh. Great album, you don't typically see bands popular in that era come out with great stuff in recent times. There's a few middling tracks on the back half, but for the most ... read more
For their first ever self-produced work, the whole rollout of The Cribs' album Night Network has been superb.
The chemistry is rather telling, proving how much The Jarman brothers are having fun with this album.
For those concerned about any experimental changes, you'd be pleased to hear that their are classic Cribs sound throughout their work.
Great to see their return of form.
They've done better, they've done worse. A fix of brit-indie. It's enjoyable.

Fav Tracks:
Deep Infatuation
Siren Sing-along
At first listen i didn't think this was worth much, but then each decent track just keeping stacking up. Best tracks: Deep Infatuation, Running into you , Under the bus station clock. the weather speaks your name.
Need to give this one another run through. First score: 66.
The Cribs - Night Network

Genre: Indie Rock
Country: UK

Final Verdict: 58% (Pleasant Album)
Yearly Ranking: 575th / 1058

Highlight: Siren Sing-Along

Made me think of:
Bright Eyes
Car Seat Headrest
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Track List

  1. Goodbye
  2. Running Into You
  3. Screaming In Suburbia
  4. Never Thought I’d Feel Again
  5. Deep Infatuation
  6. I Don’t Know Who I Am
  7. She’s My Style
  8. Under The Bus Station Clock
  9. The Weather Speaks Your Name
  10. Siren Sing-Along
  11. Earl & Duke
  12. In The Neon Night
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Added on: August 13, 2020