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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 1998
...and let's be thankful that the Brian Jonestown Massacre is around to provide the soundtrack. As of their latest full-length (Strung Out In Heaven), BJM is yet to repeat themselves stylistically, and Give It Back! stands out as the band's paen to all things good about mid-late 60s-inspired music. From the toe-tapping pop splendor of "This Is Why You Love Me" to the foot-stomping psychedelia of "Satellite" to the smarmy boogie of "Not If You Were The Last Dandy on Earth," Give It Back! doesn't disappoint.
Anyone looking for a polished, radio-friendly, "modern rock" product should look elsewhere, while anybody sick and tired of the glossy veneer of today's records should look no further. While not exactly "retro," the album is decidedly lo-fi. A must-have for any fan of the BJM, and a very high recommendation for anyone into a mixture of "drone," psychedelia and brit-pop, past and/or present.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on June 15, 2005
This one has 'Whoever You Are', 'The Devil May Care (Mom and Dad Don't)', '#1 Hit Jam' and 'Last Dandy On Earth', which are all featured prominently in the movie Dig!

I especially love 'Whoever You Are' for it's Beatle-tinged ("let me take you down"), psychedelic gvoove. It never ceases to amaze me.

If you're like me and was "turned on" to The BJM by Dig!, you will have to have this. Just buy them all like I did. I appreciate the motive(s) to put them up on the web for free but I just had to have the actual CD's. Take that RIAA.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2006
For drug-drenched, psychedelic modern alternative rock, you just can't beat the BJM. Well, almost. Their pals, the Dandy Warhols come pretty close. I think this is one of the BJM's strongest efforts. "Sue" is my favorite track from this album. It's Anton's homage to the Velvet Underground's "Heroin". Yes, it's a long one but not a minute is wasted. Some of the BJM's albums tend to be hit and miss affairs so it's a good idea to listen to the samples provided by Amazon.com. but this one is quite consistent.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2001
This CD opens up with the beginning of the Dandy Warhols' Come Down... and then veers off into a much more interesting and unexpected place. Tablas, a droning sitar, and industrial-sounding guitars and organs add a sinister touch. "This is Why You Love Me" is a pretty, Byrds-like tune. There is a definite eastern vibe to the CD, but not in a pretentious Kula Shaker-way. Some standouts: "Sue", "Servo", "Whoever You Are". And don't forget "Not if you were the Last Dandy on Earth" -a sarcastic ode to the band of Warhols.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
It took me a few weeks of listening to it to really get into this album, but I now love it. It really puts together alot of the elements of their past albums perfectly. My favorite song off of it at the time is "The Devil May Care (Mom & Dad Don't)". Every other song is good too, besides the last track which i rarely listen to. Great Cd by one of the best groups out there.
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VINE VOICEon December 21, 2011
Every album by The Brian Jonestown Massacre is fresh and unique, but still somehow within their classic sound (until recently). Each album sounds different than the previous, yet instantly recognizable as BJM--there's no mistaking the hazy, mid-60s sounding jangly guitars, sitars, and "weird chinese [crap]" combined with Anton Newcombe's gift for timeless songwriting. Within the first 5 seconds of any song, you know who you're listening to.

Released during the latter part of their most creative and prolific period in which they put out five albums in two years, 'Give It Back!' combines all the best qualities of their four previous albums, making it, pound for pound, the best album of their career imo. It's definitely my go-to album when turning on the uninitiated, and it hasn't failed me yet. You get shoegazy bliss (Sue, Whoever You Are), stoned country-folk (#1 Hit Jam, (You Better Love Me) Before I Am Gone), head-bobbin BJM-style punk (Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth), and one of the saddest, most beautiful songs of Newcombe's career in The Devil May Care (Mom & Dad Don't). Not to mention songs that sound like nothing you've ever heard, like Servo. No one rocks the flute quite like The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

Out of every BJM album, and there are more than a couple certified classics, this is the one I come back to most, and the one I'd recommend to a new fan after their career retrospective 'Tepid Peppermint Wonderland.' While it's one of their shorter full-lengths at a still hefty 56 minutes, 'Give It Back!' is jam-packed with absolutely essential songs that deserve recognition, and there's nary a dud here at all. I have a feeling that, many years from now, this album will be considered a classic, and it, along with the rest of BJM's vast catalog, will inspire legions of 16 year-olds to pick up guitars and try to become the next BJM. Good luck with that, as I doubt there will ever be another band quite like them.
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on May 18, 2012
'Give It Back' is such a laid-back cool and breezy splice of Psychedelic music for the late 90s. Every song on this album is so full of vibrancy and lushness while Anton's fractured yet powerful voice somehow makes this feel more modern than what your average psych. fan may normally find sifting through the 1990s uptake on the genre that first took place in the 60s. Or maybe Anton is straight out of the 60s! He sure does keep the music that he loves alive and going strong! I remember reading somewhere that this particular album released in August 1997, only took one week to write, record, remaster, and release! Yet, every song on this album feels like the band (Anton is the main guy and has been the only remaining/lasting member since the beginning) took their time crafting them until they were just right. I can kind of picture the creative Anton mimicking a crafty gnome while he directs the rest of the band to mold and finely-tune together some of their best material to date. BJM are still going strong (well Anton) here in 2012 as well, and just recently released 'Aufheben.' Influences range from The Velvet Underground to The Byrds and The Beatles...Tribal!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What a fantastic album. Every track has the merit enough to hold its own as a single. In a time where modern albums can, at the most, have one to two descent songs; The Brian Jonestown Massacre rips another one out that simply spits in the face of the corporit music business. Buy this album, and the rest of the BJM collection. My recommendations: Methodrone, Their Satanic Majesty's Second Request, and if on a budget, Tepid Peppermint Wonderland.
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on June 10, 2015
Greatest band of all time.
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on August 3, 2014
fantastic album!!!
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