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Who Killed Sgt Pepper? [Import]

Brian Jonestown Massacre Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A Records
  • ASIN: B002YV5UEY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Anton Newcombe, native Californian and barely-hinged frontman of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, finds it tough to get taken seriously. A reputation assembled over several years at the psych-rock coalface was in tatters after the release of notorious 2004 rockumentary DiG!, which saw the band and pals (well, erstwhile pals) The Dandy Warhols falling out with gusto in a riot of fisticuffs and colossal hubris.

Since then it’s been half-a-dozen years of damage limitation, to image as well as high-living Newcombe's vital organs. They bring it on themselves, shedding guitarists like Spinal Tap misplace drummers, but now The Brian Jonestown Massacre are ditching the farce (and, reportedly, the reservoirs of booze) and presenting their eleventh full-length attempt at a place in respected rock lineage. A thorny old beast, it’s got a chance.

Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? was recorded in Iceland and Berlin, representing a broadening of horizons the music almost matches. Although familiar garage-rock tropes worm their way through the grubby stomp of Tunger Hnifer and buzzy thrum of quasi-grebo workout Our Time, there are real jolts in Detka! Detka! Detka!’s gypsy mandolin and White Music’s Gregorian chants.

The quest for sonic breadth goes far-out with opener Tempo 116.7 (Reaching for Dangerous Levels of Sobriety) apparently trying to nail Balearic bhangra. No harm in experimenting, and further outlying lands are explored with This Is the First of Your Last Warning (Icelandic), krautrock with, yes, an Icelandic vocal courtesy of Unnur Andrea Einarsdottir. To be honest, this – and the macho Someplace Else Unknown – is uncomfortably redolent of Kasabian’s ersatz rock mysticism, hackneyed where it should be mind-expanding.

Nevertheless, Newcombe occasionally sets a standard. Let’s Go F****** Mental conjures a dub football chant, then loopily slaps a melodica on top, but even this is out-weirded by 10-minute closer Felt Tipped Pictures Of UFOs: to an Orb-like bliss-out, Newcombe cuts up John Lennon’s apology for the “bigger than Jesus” farrago then squashes it with a ranting Liverpudlian lady, splenetically unimpressed with Imagine’s sentiments. It would be funny – it sort of is – if it wasn’t so pretty.

And this is the crux of Who Killed Sgt. Pepper? It’s a melee of styles and disparate ideas – some inspired, some falling woefully short. If its sheer reach borders on folly, it’s still enjoyable as hell. --Matthew Horton

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern masterpiece.. Cheers for the ear beers! 26 Jan 2010
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Instantly catchy, well crafted, well produced and lots of fun.. Being a Brian Jonestown Massacre fan, I was bound to buy it anyway, but it in no way disapoints. A free moving work of modern wonder. Surging on from the sixties tinged affairs of the past, this takes a giant leap forward, containing hugh soundscapes. Anyone new to the band could start here, but should also have a delve into the back catalogue, which is mainly ecapsulated by the Tepid Peppermint Wonderland retrospective. I also recomend catching them live too, who along with the Fall, are the two bands currently performing that can change your life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the easily offended! 23 April 2014
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The sound quality of this like most B J M CDs is awful. The music is great however. Some of the lyrics are offensive, but hey so isthe cover! to certain people among us anyway. The influences are varied, one track is pure Joy Division! I guess you would either love or hate this, No need to say which camp I am in.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who killed The BJM?.... 6 Jun 2010
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If, like me, you think that 'Bravery, Repetition and Noise' or 'Give It Back' are Brian Jonestown Massacre classics, then 'Who Killed Sgt.Pepper?' will come as a bit of a disappointment. I've tried listening to this album a few times in the hope of finding some redeeming features, but sadly there are few. It starts promisingly enough with 'Tempo 116.7 (reaching for dangerous levels of sobriety)' and 'Tungur Hnifur', but if i'm honest, i found it all quite boring. It's overlong and devoid of almost anything resembling a decent melody, which is a shame, as i really do love this band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feel It 22 Mar 2010
By yamasuki - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
this is a gatefold double LP, the vinyl is cream with a raspberry splatter, physically the presentation is just gorgeous. but even better: this is mastered and pressed exceptionally well. the bass is deep, the tonalities are rich, the sound is completely fabulous. if this music were a church then the mp3's take you to the porch/foyer and the vinyl is a venture through the temple into the sanctuary. it is high quality.

that's it for the physical specs. as for the album itself, it flows. it's an arrangement of songs that create a semblance of a whole. i'm not going to describe song by song, because you can listen to it in full length at the band's web site via a series of entertaining youtube videos, streamed for free. so decide for yourself. personally i find the entire album completely enjoyable, cohesive and strong. try "feel it" for an introduction. some of the songs are super heavy, some clearly experimental, and just layers of influences, nods, and conceptual artistic exposition. overall very engaging. there are interviews etc all over the web if you are interested in deconstructing the material, as for me, i'd rather just spin the vinyl and feel it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars BJM returns with another fine album 23 Feb 2010
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
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Brian Jonestown Massacre came back from the music wilderness with a very fine 2008 album "My Bloody Underground", and Anton Newcombe & Co. have been busy ever since, with several other EPs since then, and now comes the band's 10th proper studio album. Of interest is that this album marks the return of original guitarist Matt Hollywood.

"Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?" (13 tracks; 72 min.) departs from the earlier sound at times, less psychedelic, and with good result. The opener "Temp 116.7 (Reaching for Dangerous Levels of Sobriety)" is a mostly instrumental, grooving track, of which there are plenty on this album. It is followed by "Tunger Hnifur", which is an all-out rocker. "This Is the First Of Your Last Warning (Icelandic)" is another heavy instrumental. "This Is the One Thing We Did Not Want To Have Happen" somehow reminded me of Joy Division, of all things. "Detka Detka Detka" is the lightest tune on here, and irreverent at that. "Feel It" is another rolling tune, and one of my favorite tracks on here. As with many BJM albums, there is also a lot of excess (and isn't that exactly the point of it?), none more than the 10+ min. closer "Fett Tipped Pictures of UFOs", which goes nowhere and is simply unnecessary. Cut a couple of the weaker tracks, make it a 50 min. album and we're talking 4.5 stars. But then again Anton Newcombe is gonna do what he's gonna do.

BJM's touring has been sporadic over the years, although it's getting better in more recent times. I saw the band for the first time in 2007 at the Monolith festival at the Red Rocks in Colorado in 2007, which was tension-filled from start to end, Anton was not having a good day apparently and it wasn't clear they would make it through the entire set but somehow they made it through. Saw them again at Coachella last year (with Matt Hollywood in the line-up) and that was a much more relaxed affair, with great result. BJM is starting a massive world tour in support of this album shortly, and they'll make a stop in Cincinnati in June. You can bet I will not miss that. Meanwhile "Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?" is a fine album, and a must for any BJM fan.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Bands in America 19 Jun 2010
By Ishmael - Published on Amazon.com
I just saw BJM live in Portland. They killed, just like the last time I saw them. They were tight, knew their stops, and eschewed rock theatrics to concentrate on their musicianship. Zia from the Dandy Warhols even joined them on stage for "Not if You Were the Last Dandy on Earth." BJM's consistent output, despite all of the lineup changes, tells you something about Anton's unstoppable vision. I would go see a BJM show before I'd go see U2, Bruce Springsteen, or just about anyone else who's been making music for 20 years. Don't just buy this CD: buy all of them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Submerged in their own artiness 24 Feb 2010
By Julian A. Schulz - Published on Amazon.com
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Once upon a time, BJM released engaging albums with actual songs, that showcased songwriter, Anton Newcombe's collision of 60's psych rock and sonic shoegaze.
This hybrid presented the band as definite stylists, lighting the way to a musical movement that never fully took hold.
Sadly, the signature sound has given way to Newcombe's current obsession with indulgent instrumental experiments that meander without purpose, and much worse, chirpy disco beats (Feel it).
As BJM's ringleader & one-time mastermind, all blame should be laid at the feet of Anton.

What makes a record like,"Who kiled Sgt. Pepper?" so frustrating, is the fact that Newcombe could pen better material in his sleep.
One spin of BJM's two disc retrospective from 2004, confirms the abundant talent of the songwriter, a talent spread through a multi-tude of releases & peaking with 2001's, "Bravery, repetition & noise."
Even their tour in 2009 showcased a newer song (Pre-fab Ambulation), that pointed in the direction of the classic Brian Jonestown Massacre sound.
However, The material on "WKSP" seems to gleefully sacrifice melody & sharply layered instrumentation, for electro beats & droning soundscapes.

In the end, art is entirely subjective, and maybe, as a listener, i'm conflictd by my own interpretations of what i consider BJM to be as a musical entity.
It's also entirely possible that Anton's homespun electro-experiments, should remain boxed in Iceland, allowing room for the "real" songs to emerge.
Maybe, one day.
4.0 out of 5 stars Brian Jonestown massacre-cd. 2 Jan 2014
By adam riana anarchio - Published on Amazon.com
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I think it was good, but it just don`t have the wow factor, making it unique. It wasn`t here, ,but good anayway.
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