Friday, March 30, 2007

Reviews:: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Baby 81

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are back, and they remembered to bring their electric guitars. After two psychedelic, swirling space rock records, they completely changed gears with the Americana, folk heavy Howl release.

While I enjoyed that record, I was glad to hear they reunited with their drummer and were planning on cranking up the amps again. The record – Baby 81 – is a nice combination of old and new, using elements of all of their records and creating their best record yet. There I said it. Mixing droning space out rock (Killing the Light) with traditional folk elements they unleashed on Howl (Am I Only), BRMC has found the sound that will impress both the critics and their long standing fans. It’s big and brash, but still crisp & tight. Basically, it sounds fantastic.

This record manages to sound classic and fresh at the exact same time. 666 Conducer starts like an unearthed Zeppelin track, complete with pulsing and guitars, but the vocals make it impossible to picture any other band singing the song. The nu-metal riff on Take Out a Loan will appease the people looking for the next JAMC, but the band touches of some many influences it's hard to type cast them on this record. Lien On Your Dreams jumps into a classic rock riff out of nowhere that completely off sets the Broken West, errr George Harrison/California pop feel of It’s Not What You Wanted.

But it must be said, the sound on this record isn’t really as JAMC as I’ve heard it being called (at least in my opinion). The single – Weapon of Choice – is more of a 90s rocker track, and the catchy foot stomping riff and Beatles influenced sounds of Window is a pleasant surprise. Even the opening track is more of a U2 nod than anything else. It's impossible to not nod to the sing-along oh oh ohs of Need Some Air.

Jumping past the bluesy/folk sound they used on Howl without completely losing the influences and structure has led to a collection of addictive rock n’ roll tracks. It’s way more accessible than anything they come up with so far, but the band also takes some big risks. Adding a 9 minutes anthem, like American X, isn’t really a recipe for the pleasing the common listener, but the spacey jam and nice guitar solo sounds great to me and adds some gaze to the rocking effort.

BMRC is playing Vancouver on May 12 @ Richard's On Richards
MP3:: Need Some Air - removed at label's request

Posted at 2:05 PM by ack :: 2 comments

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At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Chris did sayeth:

I love the single Weapon of choice. I really can't wait for baby 81 to come out. any1 have a tour listing for them?


At 5:46 PM, Blogger sandpaperhearts did sayeth:

Catch BLACK REBEL MOTORCYCLE CLUB on tour! brand=none for tickets!

Their new album BABY 81 is in stores now! Pick it up at Newbury Comics for only $10 bucks! 107318N

May 5 2007 Marquee Theatre Phoenix, AZ
May 6 2007 House Of Blues San Diego, CA
May 8 2007 The Wiltern Los Angeles, CA
May 9 2007 The Filmore San Francisco, CA
May 11 2007 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR
May 12 2007 Richard's On Richards Vancouver, BC
May 13 2007 The Showbox Seattle, WA
May 15 2007 The Big Easy Boise, Idaho
May 16 2007 In The Venue Salt Lake City, Utah
May 17 2007 Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado
May 18 2007 Sokol Underground Omaha, NB
May 19 2007 Granada Theatre Lawrence, KS
May 20 2007 The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
May 22 2007 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
May 23 2007 The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 24 2007 Vic Theatre Chicago, Illinois
May 25 2007 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, MI
May 26 2007 Kool Haus Toronto, ONT, Ontario
May 28 2007 LaTulipe Montreal, Quebec
May 29 2007 Avalon Boston, Massachusetts
May 31 2007 Webster Hall New York, NY
Jun 1 2007 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 2 2007 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Jun 4 2007 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
Jun 5 2007 The Music Mill Indianapolis, IN
Jun 6 2007 City Hall Nashville, Tennessee
Jun 7 2007 Roxy Theatre Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 9 2007 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jun 10 2007 The Social Orlando, Florida
Jun 12 2007 Zydeco Birmingham, Alabama
Jun 13 2007 The Republic New Orleans, LA
Jun 14 2007 Meridian Houston, Texas
Jun 15 2007 La Zona Rosa Austin, Texas
Jun 16 2007 House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Jun 17 2007 Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Jun 19 2007 University Theatre Las Vegas, Nevada


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