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on 27 April 2010
First, this is not a return to Howl as other reviews have pointed out.

Good points - they have stayed true to their lazy, sleazy guitar sound with interesting lyrics to force home the track. Sticking with the formula on BRMC, TTOOYO and Baby 81 the opener has their typical drawling guitars all over it, and the second track is a little more up tempo. They have also included this sound with a more traditional sort of soul feel on a number of occasions, maybe this is where the Howl comparisons have come from.

Bad point - I really only have one. To me the end of this album really tails off in to a depressing mood at the end. Their sound can be sexy, it can have a kind of defiant attitude or it can be melancholy. Instead one this one it drops off in to some depressing areas. Whilst listening to it for the first time, my wife came home and asked me what the suicide music was. It was hard to disagree. Apart from that it's a solid album and definitely one that fans will enjoy.
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on 18 October 2011
This fifth album from San Franciscan group BRMC sees Bass player Robert Levon Been and guitarist Peter Hayes combine to make some of their dirtiest blues rock riffs yet! Closer to the original eponymous album than recent efforts, it does have some mellower moments, like "Sweet Feeling" and the Dylanesque "The Toll". Highly recommended and, while some of the tracks are instantly catchy, the album as a whole definitely grows on you with repeated listens.
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on 4 October 2015
A little patchy in places but still containing some solid songs, this has more of the fuzz sound first heard on their debut. Not as memorable as their self titled first album or 'Baby 81' and less disciplined than 'Howl' but still a welcome addition.
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on 26 July 2012
I liked this very much, although I personally found Black Rebel's earlier music. This is still very good, and arrived in supreme condition. Now every time I need my creative juices to flow I just plug this on!
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on 26 March 2010
BRMC have always been decried as a band that are a sum of others' parts - most notably Kasabian, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Spaceman 3, Bob Dylan, White Stripes, and, of course, The Jesus and Mary Chain. Their stock has suffered a bit in recent years - releasing a very strange album last year and losing their drummer top the list - but they retain a hardcore following and for good reason - for all their pastiche and swagger, they put on a spectacular live show and are capable of flashes of pure brilliance - anyone who has danced to the bass riff of Spread Your Love or just loved the harmonica on Ain't No Easy Way will agree with me. In this album, their sixth, they finally put all their elements into an album that is most definetly their own.

Beat the Devil's Tattoo has been announced as a return to Howl, their acoustic third album that won them as many plaudits as it did condemnation. Although that is true in parts - most notably Sweet Feeling and Long Way Down - there is still a heavy use of fuzz pedals, loops and all that shoegaze jazz. Their finest moments are when they coalesce all their elements - the drones and fuzzy shoegaze guitars, the rock n' roll heaviness and their unashamed vocals. Conscience Killer, with its pounding drums, snarling guitar and insistent vocals is a standout, as is River Styx with its groovily looping bass and a guitar that just stopped me in my tracks with its brilliance.

It's not perfect - the opener - Beat the Devil's Tattoo is a little forced, though when it gets going it gets going - and Evol, though brilliantly drummed reminded me too much of Awake of their first album, and Aya, though not bad is yet to fully grab me - but it is a triumph nonetheless. BRMC have always been a serious band but now they sound as though they're having fun while making music and that comes through with their sound. The finisher Half-State, a full 10 minutes long, is truely an experience. A brilliant album, possibly one of the best of 2010
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on 3 May 2010
I was always a big fan of BRMC's first CD, what followed for me over the years has been a bit of a mixed bag. This CD however kicks off with the brilliant title track and simply carries on delivering.

If you want to get back in to BRMC this is the place to start.
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