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Somewhere between the five full-length albums and a decade-long road test across the highways of the world, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club found their way.

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA Records
  • ASIN: B000A7S4B0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,961 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shuffle Your Feet
2. Howl
3. Devil's Waitin'
4. Ain't No Easy Way
5. Still Suspicion Holds You Tight
6. Fault Line
7. Promise
8. Weight of the World
9. Restless Sinner
10. Gospel Song
11. Complication Situation
12. Sympathetic Noose
13. The Line

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Product Description

BRMC have mastered the art of making everything old sound new again. The San Francisco trio helped lay the foundation for rock & roll in the post grunge millennium. On Howl, their first album for RCA Records, BRMC take a whole new approach. Comprised of 13 soul searching acoustic based songs, the album finds the band mining folk, country, blues, gospel and rock for inspiration and salvation. 2005.


San Francisco's Black Rebel Motorcycle Club weren't exactly shy about their taste for early ‘90s UK rock (Jesus and Mary Chain, Ride, Stone Roses), influences that freely permeated their debut and Take Them On, On Your Own. But Howl argues that B.R.M.C. understands how such devotion can often be a creative straightjacket, stripping their songs bare via almost exclusively acoustic arrangements that variously evoke gospel-tinged Appalachia and gritty country-blues ("Devil's Waitin', "Ain't No Easy Way," "Restless Sinner"), gentle, mouth-harp seasoned folk ("Fault Line") and vocalist Peter Hayes invoking various ghosts of Dylan past on "Still Suspicion Holds You Tight," "Promise," and "Complicated Situation." Indeed, in everything from its music and Allen Ginsburg-inspired title to the LP-deriv! ed running order and artwork, it's an album whose retro-'60s counter-culture vibe may be no less original than their previous musical obsessions, but one whose strong, mature songs and dedicated performances can't be denied. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

Both albums rocked pretty hard and were very intense and as good as the first album was, the second was even better.
Paul McGrath
Zeppelin III, BRMC created an retro, but fresh sounding record, merging well with the bands contemporary style. with a well thought out selection of songs.
Jimi Jac
Also, if you use a username that does not have administrator privileges on your computer the rootkit on the disc may not be able to be installed.
David Lord

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By MEWZIK on August 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I knew when I heard the advance cd, people would be a bit upset regarding the departure of the previous two albums' anthems of addrenalin - I was taken back as well, but kinda pleased to see the expansion. I mean, BRMC are talented enough to not rely on the same formulas. To be honest, I shouldn't be rating this album so quickly, but for all the people that think it's sorta terrible, I needed to write a review to counter their motion. This band is great. They still have that Love & Rockets/Jesus & Mary Chain factor working for them - it is just something you will have to sit with instead of instantly saying - I love it...although track 5 is one of their best songs to date.

Howl is an excellent album that partitions their catalog in two. The best generic description I can come with is Johnny Cash vs. Love & Rockets. The lyrics are brilliant, regarding love, religion and self as the focal points. The music, not a total departure from the previous two, but stripped down to more of an acoustic kickback to contemporary artists like later Dylan. I don't think BRMC was going for any particular sound, nor gave a care about keeping a fan who loved the last two albums. This was about keeping it real in a round about way - and what they are into, NOT what the fans expected them to do, which I totally respect. I don't mind people saying this record is not what they are into, but to say it is terrible means you have no clue to what music is. No offense, but I guess take some.
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28 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 3, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Wow... where to begin? I am a huge fan of the band's first 2 albums ("B.R.M.C." and "Take Them On, On Your Own"). I knew the buzz was that the new album would be different. I've had the new album since it came out about 2 weeks ago, and have been listening to it quite a bit.

"Howl" (14 tracks, 52 min.) is not just an evolution from the previous sound, but as radical a departure that I can ever recall from a single band. The best way to imagine what this album sounds like it is to picture the band sitting on the back-porch somewhere in the deep, deep South about 100 years ago, and strumming along to some songs, all acoustic if course. The influences of gospel, blues and even country are everywhere. That said, if you can accept that a band can make such a musical departure, you can then start to appreciate the album for what it is, and the inevitable conclusion then is that "Howl" is a terrific album. From the opening sounds of the opener "Shuffle Your Feet", with a gospel choir filling the air, "Holw" is a mood piece that begs repeated listening. "Ain't No Easy Way" (UK single) is a short blast of acoustic jamming, but most songs are pensive ("Fault Line", "Restless Sinner", "Gospel Song" are good examples). This album reminds me in spirit of the "O Brother Where Art Thou?" soundtrack and it's no surprise then that T-Bone Burnett contributed as well to "Howl".

In all, this is a very nice album. If, however, you are looking for more of the sound of the first two BRMC albums, save your money and DON'T buy this. As a separate thought, I am really curious how BRMC is going to take this album on the road. I guess they'll simply have 2 different sets altogether, one for the old stuff, and one for the "Howl" songs. Maybe they'll change outfits as well. It would be appropriate. "Howl" is highly recommended!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bluejack on April 4, 2006
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Amazon warns you that the CD comes with a security vulnerability. What they don't tell you is that you can't even *play* this CD on a computer without using the bundled software. It's anti-piracy garbage, which means you can't play it, or rip it, without using Sony's onboard junk which creates "licensed" files rather than normal MP3's. I wasted hours figuring out why all the tracks were coming through jumpy and skippy; why the CD plays fine on a CD player, but jitters and garbles on the PC. Now I find I can't even use the files it produces on my portable player.

It's lovely music, a very interesting change of direction for BRMC. But this CD is BS.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tankery VINE VOICE on October 24, 2005
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This is a strong album that expands this group into a bit larger realm. Not as radical as you might think. Their concerts will have a nice acoustic interlude now. This is good and shows their talent.

There's a couple songs that are Dylanesque and more than a couple that sound like late Lennon Beatles influence. All good.

My favorite songs are Ain't No Easy Way, Shuffle Your Feet, and Devils waitin but none disappont. It's all strong though.

My complaint is with the software that installs when you plug the CD into your PC. It blew up the first time and then tries to copy protect etc. (It's one of the reasons I no longer buy anything Sony besides artists I can't do without, and then I hesitate) If you have an Apple though it rips it perfect and you can then burn from there. (Is there no limits to greed and irritation in this industry?)

Not to mention the fact that you blow on these CD's anymore and they skip. And they expect us not to make copies?
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Bob Robesky on October 24, 2005
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1) if you want to transfer the songs to your iPod.

2) if you want to make mp3's.

3) if you want to listen to it on your pc.

The cd is copied protected, so you have no rights to it. You have to agree to a restrictive EULA before you are allowed to play it on a PC. You cannot copy the music to your iPod.

If you want this cd, which is very good by the way, purchase it from the iTunes store. Then you have the freedom to copy it to CD, and to copy it to your iPod.

As a side note: Amazon should add a warning label when any music cd is restricted.
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