BRMC are my 2nd favourite band and I hate rating one of their albums 2 stars but that is what the album deserves. Their debut album was a 5 star record with a unique sound. Their third album, Howl, is another 5 star record and an excellent folk/acoustic album. Since Howl the band have mixed the sounds of their first three albums and have produced good records but the albums have never truly flowed from having that range. For every album since Howl some fans have been writing reviews saying that they want another album like that. I've thought these fans annoying...until now. It really is time to go back to that.
Specter At The Feast just sounds too much like they're trying to replicate old sounds and are going through the motions for what made successful BRMC rock songs in the past. Normally Peter Hayes and Robert Been compliment each other really well and both produce excellent songs, with for me Hayes normally being slightly better than Been. I don't like one song that Hayes does on this album, where as Been has the excellent Lose Yourself, Lullaby and The Knife, which are all songs with feeling - he also does a good job with Let The Day Begin and Returning. More songs like these and we have a brilliant album. But even though Been's efforts sound great I just can't give the album more than 2 stars. Hayes wants to rock too hard where as in between this album and the last he wrote my favourite BRMC song Done All Wrong, as well as The Absent. It is time for a haunting folk/acoustic album because that is what they're best at now. If they don't do that then at least they need to choose a direction/theme for an album otherwise it just doesn't flow and sounds a mess.
If they have to try and write rock songs then they need to work much harder in order to repeat the brilliant songs such as Whatever Happened To My Rock And Roll, Heart And Soul etc.