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on 16 May 2007
I don't know what the hell to think about BRMC these days.
The debut album remains to this day one of my favourite records, and yet the follow-up was so unremarkable that they completely dropped off my radar for some time.
The return, and big country/blues influence on "Howl" took me completely by surprise and resurrected my love for them in a big way.
And then "Baby 81"... I had high hopes after "Howl", but it seems that rather than progress that route, they've gone back down the path they took on "Take Them On..." - not to quite the same garage rock extent, but everything just seems so middle-of-the-road.
"Took Out A Loan" opens the album promisingly. The big, powerful bass-line is reminiscent of "Red Eyes And Tears" and hints at something good to come, but it's mostly downhill from here on in.
Nothing really stands out in a big way. "Lien On Your Dreams" and "Windows" are surely good tracks, but nothing etches so permanently onto your mind as the likes of "Howl", "Ain't No Easy Way", or anything from "BRMC". It's not a *bad* album, but I'm judging BRMC on past standards, and this one just comes up short on so many occasions.
The UK bonus track sounds just that. Like a half-assed B-side bolted on for the sake of offering something extra.
I'm so disappointed that BRMC have failed to pull this one out of the bag. I was really looking forward to something new working its way onto my "overplayed" CD pile, but in the end it wasn't to be.
With a bit of luck, the odd-good, even-bad pattern will continue and number 5 will be another special one.