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Howl

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Audio CD
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Somewhere between the five full-length albums and a decade-long road test across the highways of the world, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club found their way.
Eleven years after bassist Robert Levon Been and guitarist Peter Hayes started playing gigs around their hometown of San Francisco, the duo has now started over, with a new vision, a new drummer, and the gift of a future unknown.
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  • Audio CD (22 Aug 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Echo
  • ASIN: B000A1OFSC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shuffle Your Feet
2. Howl
3. Devil's Waitin'
4. Ain't No Easy Way
5. Still Suspicion Holds You Tight
6. Fault Line
7. Promise
8. Weight Of The World
9. Restless Sinner
10. Gospel Song
11. Complicated Situation
12. Sympathetic Noose
13. The Line

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With a name like Howl, you’d expect the third album from San Francisco’s Black Rebel Motorcycle Club to be their ugliest, heaviest statement yet. Think again. Kicking off with the spontaneous acoustic blues stomp of "Shuffle Your Feet", Howl starts as it means to go on: mellow, stoned, and sounding more authentically down-home than any band of sociopathic, narcosis-twisted punks have sounded since Primal Scream holed up in Memphis to write 1994’s Give Out But Don’t Give Up.

"Still Suspicion Holds You Tight" and "Fault Line" crib from early Dylan, rolling drawled vocals, finger-picked guitar and blasts of harmonica into brittle sneers of malcontent, while the sleepy "Promise" offers up a spaced-out, Spiritualized-style ballad embellished with sweet piano and sleepy brass. Meanwhile, as the titles might suggest, "Restless Sinner" and "Gospel Song" reach back still further into the annals of traditional Americana. What happened to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s rock’n’roll? They haven’t lost it altogether, but on Howl they’ve consciously devolved their sound, and this stripped, mostly enjoyable blues record is testament to the virtue of taking a leaf out of the old rulebook – Louis Pattison

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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are Peter Hayes, Robert Levon Been, and Nick Jago. This is the first album for the Echo Label following their departure from Virgin Records. Howl features brand new single "Ain't No Easy Way'" which is more country-rock than some of their previous material yet just as rocking.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Howl with pleasure! 9 Oct 2005
Format:Audio CD
I don't buy a lot of recent stuff and I am pretty careful when I do. Once in a while I pick up a phenomenal album and I have to say that the eclectic mix of styles on this album has breadth and depth rarely heard in much chart music. On "Shuffle Your Feet" can you hear Magic Bus by The Who but isn't the style otherwise so familiar? Howl is no mean track but the next two tracks seem very southern states until "Ain't No Easy Way" remodels Led Zeppelin's Fourth Album style brilliantly. Then "Promise" mirrors Beatles in some form. Elvis appears in "Gospel Song", Dylan in "Complicated Situation" and the album finishes without a weak track. This is a piece of work which many aspiring contemporary bands don't every get close to. In comparison to their previous albums this is an unusual change of path that delivers and entertains without disappointment.Where will they go next? Buy it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare modern classic. 15 April 2006
By dynamitekid156 VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you've read any of my reviews on amazon before, you'll know that I don't throw my five star reviews around to anything short of a classic. And this certainly is a classic.

I've got to say that this album completely blindsided me. Their first two albums were uninspiring to me, really, although both had a handful of brilliant songs, I wasn't a big enough fan to buy them for myself. However, having heard a snatch of lead single 'Ain't No Easy Way,' I bought this record on a whim. I've never been so happy to be this surprised.

Howl is a truly brilliant record, one that should, by rights, have blown its competition out of the water. Almost entirely acoustic, the songs here are scarcely produced and sparsely arranged, and have to stand up purely on their own strengh. Four of the songs are Dylanesque solo numbers, recorded hunched over a sole mirophone with just a guitar for company. They are astonishing.

Outside of that, is the bar-room rocker of the aforementioned 'Ain't No Easy Way,' the dreamlike, woozy title track and the slow-burning closer 'The Line' to contend with. Just about every song here is worth listening to. Only 'The Promise' feels a little syrupy, but it still lasts repeated listens, even if you just skip it once in a while.

I can't say enough good things about this album. A complete about face for this black-clad band, this is the best album you could have bought last year, or even this year.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album Of The Year So Far 24 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I heard Aint No Easy Way on the radio a few weeks ago and pre-ordered the album as soon as I could. It arrived on its release date (Monday) and it hasnt been out of the cd player yet (Wednesday).
What is definitely isnt is another BRMC cd. Theres no grunge, no dirty dark blues rock here, just beautiful, clean blues/rock/folk. Dont get me wrong, i love BRMC, Spread Your Love is a favourite, but while there are some Rifles on here, this album is neither. Its Dylanesque, its chain-gang America, its still bluesy with country undertones. Sounds like a fine wine - it is.
There may not be anything here that hasnt already been tried before, but BRMC have succeeded in creating a record with a fresh modern take on some old classic styles.
I bought the Limited Edition which has a book like cover. Like the music within, it is clean, simple, classy and understated.
For me, this is the record of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars love it 11 Jan 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
great album that i have been waiting to get on vinyl for a long time, if you buy you will enjoy
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Howling 4 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? This is the sound of the devolution of a band and let me say its an absolute treat to behold. Almost everything you thought this band were has been re shaped and stripped back. From the hand clap fuelled opener to the melencholy feel of the closing hidden track your left feeling that rock n roll has been thrown a life line. Other standout tracks include 'sympathetic noose' 'Howl' 'Devils waitin'. When Muddy Waters said ' the blues had a child and called it rock n roll' he wasn't kidding and whatsmore the BRMC believed him. This stands head and shoulders above anything else around at the moment. This isnt so much the sound of a band saying this is how it once was, this is the sound of a band saying this is how it will always be. This album is a bold move and I hope it inspires others to greater heights.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Box of blues goodies 8 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
The 50's LP sleeve design is the first taste of the pleasure that is to come. And how the black-clad ones have progressed since the plateaux of the 2nd album. Bouncing out the harmonica and acoustic guitars, they execute American folk with a panache that belies their youth. Half-way in I checked to see which ones were the cover versions, to be amazed to find that all are originals, such as Devil's Waitin, where they are up to speed with the folk masters, and the Stones-like Ain't No Easy Way. Just as I was thinking of Dylan and Springsteen it gets better: Weight Of The World, echoing the Verve, I think is the most profound thing they've done. Blues and gospel follow until the album becomes a little more melancholic. The outstanding track has to be Sympathetic Noose, a Lennon-esque lament over thumping drums. It's an exhilarating album, not least because of its promise of excellence to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rootsy excellence 24 Aug 2005
Format:Audio CD
Definite album of the year contender from straight outta left field. Folksy songs a la Dylan's The Band or Roger McGuinn tracks on Easy rider, mixed in with some grit. I liked the older two albums but love this. For a band some had written off as a one trick pony for their love of fuzz distortion, the wholesale change is gonna be loved by old fans and win over plenty of new converts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars really good
mostly acoustic, mostly very good. Quite dylanesque with a touch of smokey blues and keys used to good effect. all round its quality with the latter half weaker than the first
Published 2 months ago by Am Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I knew the CD was great before I bought it, however having the words was a bonus and you get that with this
Published 11 months ago by karen tonge
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Album
Already knew what i was buying, Just had to own this on vinyl. Excellent quality artwork in both sleeves and Pete and Rob's original hand written lyrics printed on the inside.
Published 12 months ago by Simon Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Bark at the troubadour
After the critical & commercial success of "B.R.M.C" & "Take them on..", BRMC did something quite out of character for a rock band, they took a creative risk! Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jimi jac
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure, Simple, Brilliant.
BRMC's third album was a brave & significant departure from its predecessors, finding the band digging deep into a rich seam of acoustic-based Americana which confounded a great... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by Harvey Randall
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected.
I bought this album on the strength of one track and I'm so glad I did, I love it.

There's a wonderful eclectic mix of music here, well worth listening to!
Published on 13 Jun 2011 by trisha
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply the best album I've ever heard
This is the first review I've written and may well be my last. However, the quality of this album has forced me to say something about it. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2010 by Paul W
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly different
Many people have likened this album to Bob Dylan. I would agree, but leaving enough room to say it is also a completely different beast in every way. Read more
Published on 30 May 2009 by Camelchild
4.0 out of 5 stars A change of pace
'Howl' is the exception to the hard-rock rule in BRMC's discography. The raw, distorted guitars of their eponymous debut and Take Them On, On Your Own, are abandoned in favour of... Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2007 by Simon Doherty
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed
After seeing BRMC on Jonathon Ross one night and then again on VH2 I bought "Take them on on your own". I was absolutley blown away by it. Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2007 by DazzlerT
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