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on 18 January 2004
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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on 5 April 2006
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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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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on 22 November 2003
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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on 30 September 2003
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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on 24 April 2004
Is their debut album mellow, introverted and sensitive, their 2nd workmirrors the many live shows they've staged since. They rock! 'Six BarrelShotgun' pumps the adrenaline through your veins at dubb speed, 'USGovernment' turns your lungs into asthmatic vehicles and 'Going Under'makes your head spin so fast you forget what's the front and what's back.This CD spells out that their career in the music industry will belong-lived.
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on 4 September 2003
After a stunning debut many BRMC, such as myself could only hold their breath to hear if their second offering was up to much. It is well... great. NME reviewed the album with a stunning 9/10 stars, which is justified. The tracks are stunning with a type of neo-new wave feel to it (if there is such a thing). The criticism of 'Stop' for sounding like 'Columbia' by Oasis is totally unjustified. Not that it sounds like it in the slightest, but 'Columbia' is a rip off of 'Snakedriver' by the Jesus and Mary Chain, a more likely source of 'influence' not plagiarism. Anyhoo, buy the album to avoid missing out.
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on 4 November 2003
If you like your rock to be the real dirty guitar based sound it should be then your in for a treat.
Forget Coral and the current trend for la la music BRMC are in a league of their own.
They seem to mix sounds as if Rock is a new thing and create new sounds the same way the likes of the Stones, Who, and Queen did all thoses years ago.
keep going guys - a great job!!
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VINE VOICEon 24 September 2003
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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on 17 January 2005
Black is Back
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Take Them On, On Your Own
The 'oh so magical' bean that grew to form the modern American rock group, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (B.R.M.C. for short), started in 1995, when guitarist, bassist and vocalist Robert Turner met guitarist, bassist and vocalist number two, Peter Hayes at high school in their home town, San Francisco. They formed a strong friendship based on love for U.K early-90's bands like the Stone Roses and some of the artists on the successful Creation Records label, such as the Jesus and Mary Chain.
They put their band project on hold and both joined other bands, while still keeping in touch with each other. In 1998 they rejoined, and added new drummer Nick Jago (originally from England, who had finished art school and moved to the States in 1996) to the band. They originally called themselves the Elements, but changed it to Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (from the Marlon Brando-led biker gang in The Wild One).
By 1999 they were having offers from major and indie record labels, and chose to sign to Virgin Records in March 2000. The band entered the studio and produced a debut album self-named B.R.M.C. which was issued in March 2001. The big three returned two years later with a slicker album, Take Them On, On Your Own, which appeared on the shelves in September 2003 and sold like hot cakes.
The band has many obvious influences, Velvet Underground, early Oasis, and even the Byrds, but they're most certainly not one of those poorly-talented clone bands, they're simply in the world to be better than all of those other bands, and to remind us what rock 'n' roll is really like.
B.R.M.C. combines distorted, sharp-edged guitar with acoustic guitars, raspy voice with choir-like tones and harmonies, and thumping drums with snappy snare sounds. They realized with their first album that their message is always going to be frowned upon, and almost every song on the album uses a new and exciting way to estrange itself from the rest of the musical world. Peter Hayes tells us bluntly 'I think I've had enough of this generation' in the song 'Generation'.
The lyrics on Take Them On, On Your Own are as catchy as they are bitter, and the bass lines are flawless. The introductory song 'Stop' sets the high standard for the rest of the album, and it doesn't let you down. They've kept their punk fans happy with 'Six Barrel Shotgun' (surely 'Whatever Happened To My Rock And Roll (Punk Song)' on their first album gained them some). And they've kept their ballad-lovers happy with 'Shade Of Blue' and 'And I'm Aching'. For me, the best song on the album is 'In Like The Rose' purely because of its killer guitar and bass riffs - it's unbeatable.
I love this album. In my opinion, B.R.M.C. is the best rock group around at the moment.
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