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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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Product details

  • Vinyl (25 Aug 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition
  • Label: Virgin America
  • ASIN: B0000AHED1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Stop
2. Six Barrel Shotgun
3. We're All In Love
4. In Like The Rose
5. Ha Ha High Babe
6. Generation
7. Shade Of Blue
Disc: 2
1. Us Government
2. And I'm Aching
3. Suddenly
4. Rise Or Fall
5. Going Under
6. Heart + Soul
7. Take Them On, On Your Own

Product Description

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More poised and less self-conscious after two years of continuous touring, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have taken a huge artistic leap forward with their second album Take Them On, on Your Own, stripping away much of the florid guitar work and anxious drumming featured on their self-titled debut and replacing it with a sleeker sound.

On their previous album you could barely make out their enigmatic and half-formed lyrics buried underneath the feedback and thick psychedelic swirls, but they've fixed all that and have turned out a collection of tetchy but intelligent post-modern protest songs that are a huge departure from their earlier compositions about the capricious nature of love. Titles such as "Stop", "Six Barrel Shotgun" and "(Kill the) US Government" crackle with anger and confrontation, much like MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" was to earlier generations. No longer sounding like Jesus & Mary Chain retreads, BRMC has carved out their own niche by combining dark poetry with a sharp disgust with the way the world is being run. --Jaan Uhelszki

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By LithiuMart on 18 Jan 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was a bit dubious about this CD - I always am when I like a debut album so much that I tend to wonder if the second will live up to the first...and it does. There are more heavier tracks than on the first one, which we got a taste of with "Whatever Happened To My Rock 'n Roll". All in all, I would say that BRMC have released an album that outshines the first - a task I thought would be very hard to do. Heavily recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Davies on 5 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
Basically, were I to traverse America in a red convertible and I was only allowed to take on album with me, this would be it. It's not that it screams "cool", or brings to mind the high rolling lifestyle, it's just that it would provide the perfect soundtrack to a roadtrip of this sort. A road trip that features illegal speeds and substances, endless stretches of desert and very dodgy motels an' bars. This is all you'd need. Says it all really, doesn't it?
No? Ok then, this album is like Iggy's Raw Power for the 21st century, in that it radiates nothing but raw power. It's loud, aggressive and very, very dangerous, like befriending a Hell's Angel.
The wonderful walls of feedback that made the eponymous debut such a pleasurable listening experience such a pleasent listen are gone, replaced with a more searing, crunchy guitar sound. You can't really air guitar to it, but still, it's immense, it's ear bleeding and benefits from top volume playing. Every single track feels like chewing on an adrenaline gland. Even the acoustic "And I'm Aching" evokes imagery of sitting 'round a campfire in the heart of a desert, sleeping with a shotgun to ward off bandits and rattle snakes.
It may be political (Song titles like "Kill The US Government", lyrics like "I'm sick and tired of this generation"), but it provides a soundtrack that is escapist in its purest form. Makes you feel rebellious. part of a gang, new in town and up to no good, strolling into a saloon and everyone puts their glasses down and glowers at you (the pianist hits a minor key). Love it to pieces.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Gideon D. Brody VINE VOICE on 1 Oct 2003
Format: Audio CD
As with their last album BRMC have produced a rousing, effervescent album capable of improving your day quite considerably!!
There is simply no hold-up as the raging fire set alight on the first LP is inflamed further as BRMC add a quart of paraffin to the mix.
"Stop" surges in the same vein as past records surged, "Six Barrel Shotgun" taps into your adrenalin supply and presses the 'GO!' button and you're left salivating for it to continue. It does, relentlessly!
BRMC are a sensationally gifted American band and like that other great US outfit, Queens of the Stone Age, they combine a deeply dark side with melody that oozes subversion and rebellion with a knowing cool that you crave for in any real rock band.
Other standouts include "Generation" and "Shade of Blue" which stick to the formula of the first album using ascending chord progressions that fill your ears with a beautifully warm, rustic, fuzzy sound as they cascade around your mind.
Lyrically, BRMC have a little to say regarding the state of the world but with a sonic background so powerful you can simply allow yourself to be taken away by the thick, decadent layers of guitar heaven.
Buy this record.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. F. Bashford on 22 Nov 2003
Format: Audio CD
I brought this album on the basis of hearing the single 'stop', which i thought sounded really cool-like The Jesus & Mary Chain or early Oasis. I was pleasantly suprised to discover that its a pretty good album and found myself listening to it over and over. The first 4 tracks are the best-'We're all in love' a very simple catchy pop song, the romp of '6 barrel shotgun' and (perhaps the key track)'In Like The Rose' with its distinctive 'Crush with Eyeliner'-type guitar sound and a really powerful chorus.
The only thing stopping this album from being a great one is the fact that it doesn't quite maintain the quality hinted at in the first four tracks. However, after a dip in the middle there are 3 crackers to finish, especially 'Rise or Fall', with the memorable lines "Mothers teach you to crawl, Fathers teach you to rise and fall".
I expect some journalists to get terribly excited about the US government references and start hailing them as the political saviours of rock'n'roll...the (annoying!) idea that bands only mean anything if they have something to say. Its not a political record, just a very promising rock album and only a few tunes short of an excellent one. BRMC are one of the better bands of the new crop, keep an eye on them, these guys have potential.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By drdrdrd on 30 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
This band had a mildly impressive debut album out, with notable highs in "Punk Song" and "Spread Your Love". The rest of it was a tad samey. Here they've completely failed to make the same mistake twice, and every song on "Take Them On..." smoulders with rock 'n' Roll goodness. Play it too loud and you will fall over.
The swaggering opener "Stop", the urgent "Six Barrel Shotgun", the stunning "In Like a Rose", the quality never lets up. It may not sound particularly original, at worst vaguely familiar ("Six Barrel" is blatantly "Punk Song" as many have noted before) but when it rocks this hard, it's hard to dock one star for such a feeble reason. I buy albums to listen to and enjoy, not play spot-the-similarities with.
As individual entities, the songs are brilliant. As a whole, the album flows effortlessly from one track to the next. The best example of this is a hook from "Stop" that is then used to kick off "Six Barrel Shotgun". Nothing wrong with that sort of recycling when it's used to good effect!
So, in summary: good band. Good disc... it'll knock you off your chair. Get it.
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