I have been really slack and never updated this site. I’m going to now. More recently, I find I now listen to music more than ever and increasingly in more styles/genres/sub-genres. I will start to post more reviews of what I love. I will even be doing some bulk reviews, containing multiple albums of the same artist if I go on a one artist binge session!
In the next few days I’ll post up a review of my favourite albums of 2016 so far and a “still to come” post of albums that I’m super keen for in the remainder of 2016. 🙂
This is not my first Black Rebel Motorcycle Club album. I’m quite sure it won’t be my last either. 2013’s “Spectre at the Feast” is a quality album indeed. I just picked this one up. What I’m feeling listening to this is that they have taken elements from across all of their albums to date and mashed them together nicely. It has a great effect. For example, take a step back to 2005 and BRMC’s “Howl” was released. The album featured pretty much exclusively acoustic guitars. In the past they’d been known for fuzzy guitars and driven old-skool rock’n’roll. The perfect illustration is Lullaby which takes an acoustic intro that could almost be mistaken for The Beatles’ hit Blackbird. It changes and develops into an anthemic fuzz-drenched ballad as the acoustic riff cuts into a soulfully sustained electric rendition. It’s maybe not the most memorable song on the album, it’s maybe not a sing-along, but it represents BRMC’s ability to be diverse and just generally excellent. There’s also some aggressive, catchy rock moments here too, for example Teenage Disease. It’s a solid record from BRMC that may have sadly slipped under the radar and that’s a great shame. They’re not one of those indie bands who never change and evolve. They have a sound all of their very own, and they remain very much relevant.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Teenage Disease, Lullaby, Hate the Taste
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “Spectre at the Feast” (2013)