A few thoughts on BRMC

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10. Mär. 2006, 15:25

I caught the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show in Dallas on Tuesday night at the Grenada Theater. The band was running on all powerful cylinders. Most of their latest album, Howl was included in the setlist, along with a mix of their first two records. Highlights for me were 'Stop', 'Six Barrel Shotgun', 'Ain't No Easy Way' and 'Howl'. Other highlights were Peter Hayes playing the trombone on 'Promise' and realizing how great a bassist Robert Levon Been is live.
Howl was my favorite album released in 2005. I was amazed at the polarization of the reviews of this album on metacritic.com. 'Howl' was either loved or hated by the press. What irritates me about the reviewers who gave the album a low rating is that they keep on insinuating that BRMC changed their sound drastically to an Americana, Gospel, Blues oriented one. The reviews give the impression that the band was somehow unworthy of taking this style on. Ironically, many of these are the same writers who claimed that on their first two albums, BRMC was a knock-off of The Jesus and Mary Chain, and had a limited sound -- there is no doubt that TJAMC were a heavy influence, but many lazy journalists just regurgitated this tag without really listening to the music.
Their 'change' in theme was not a drastic one.....it was, in my opinion, a natural progression. Check out 'White Palms' and 'Salvation' from their first album B.R.M.C. and tell me that Gospel wasn't already a part of BRMC's palette -- or 'Shade Of Blue' in particular from Take Them On, On Your Own and not hear a blues influence. Many bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones borrowed just as heavily from past influences -- but it was the sum of all the parts plus some innovation of their own that produced a great body of work for those two legends.
I sensed a lot of sincerity and passion for music out of the band earlier this week. This passion was transferred to all in attendance making for a memorable night. I am certainly looking forward to the next BRMC album and tour.

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  • tmills

    Great points, you couldn't be more right. I thought Howl was an excellent release for BRMC.

    10. Mär. 2006, 15:40
  • ash_pash

    i also caught them live playing the leadmill in sheffield uk and seen them a few times before, and think this new direction and album are fantastic, thought there last album wasnt up to much and read somewhere there was difficulties between the band. but all seems well as it was one of the best shows i've seen in a while and a cracking album

    11. Mär. 2006, 16:24
  • diceliving76

    some good points made. hadnt listened much to BRMC recently -- i think its time to play some tunes again. may i recommend to you The Soledad Brothers for some gospel blues.

    13. Mär. 2006, 19:35
  • echo725

    Thanks for the tip about The Soledad Brothers, I will check them out.

    13. Mär. 2006, 19:45
  • dywp19

    Howl is a very different sound for brmc and when i first heard it two weeks before its official relase in mid august 05 i totaly hated it and took alot of getting used to byt the time it had been out for a week i was in love with ti lyriclay and musicaly it jsut goes to show if you pay close enough attention and persue to try and make your self liek ti it works even though this is nto really what i set out to do i guess it jsut grew on me and think people ahev to give it a chance but it is porbably my fav album of theres

    17. Mai. 2006, 15:27
  • jacksoncamary

    In my opinion, BMRC was at a crossroads of sorts. Even though I love the stuff of the first two albums, I think that they either had to expand their sound or run the risk of sounding stale and unfresh. Howl took me some time to get used to, but after a few listens, it became my favorite album. I was at the Granada show as well, and my highlight was when they closed with the hidden track from Howl.

    28. Jul. 2006, 20:36
  • jacksoncamary

    In my opinion, BMRC was at a crossroads of sorts. Even though I love the stuff of the first two albums, I think that they either had to expand their sound or run the risk of sounding stale and unfresh. Howl took me some time to get used to, but after a few listens, it became my favorite album. I was at the Granada show as well, and my highlight was when they closed with the hidden track from Howl.

    28. Jul. 2006, 20:36
  • echo725

    Yeah, the show closer was definitely a highlight. The songs that didn't make the album were excellent as well....definitely a fertile creative period for them. I am definitely looking forward to the next album.

    18. Aug. 2006, 14:37
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