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August 23, 2005

Song Title
Shuffle Your Feet
Devil's Waitin'
Ain't No Easy Way
Still Suspicion Holds You Tight
Fault Line
Weight Of The World
Restless Sinner
Gospel Song
Complicated Situation
Sympathetic Noose
The Line
Open Invitation

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Label: RCA Records Label
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  • Total Length: 52:18
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  • ASIN: B00138J7ZC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,896 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still holds their sound nicely 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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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Good music, garbage CD April 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong album October 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this CD... October 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool
this is good music, I really like this style of music, it may be an aquierd taste but for me it is good
Published 3 months ago by Richard Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars BRMC
Great album. I just heard these guys on the Hell on Wheels DVD and IMO Howl has hit after hit on it. I highly recommend it.
Published 6 months ago by John A. Debenedetto
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted Devil's Waiting and ended up liking several cuts from the album
Became familiar with Devil's Waiting from watching Hell on Wheels. Very satisfied with most of the album and listen to it a lot.
Published 8 months ago by HAROLD K JACKSON
5.0 out of 5 stars This might be my favorite BRMC
I LOVE this band. I was on the phone with my brother and we were watching a scuba diving video a friend had made and they had used "Beat the Devil's Tattoo" as the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by D. Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Howl is a Hoot
This review is from: Howl (Amazon Instant Video) My visceral experience of this stimulating artistic masterpiece brought me images as follows: I saw
Cities' clocks... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rusty
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks thanks thanks!
Just what I was expecting. Really love this band and the disc are in great condition. It also came with the complete manual and everything that came with it. Thanks!
Published 10 months ago by Mark Gamo
4.0 out of 5 stars Bark at the troubadour
After the critical & commercial success of "B.R.M.C" & "Take them on..", BRMC did something quite out of character for a rock band, they took a creative risk! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jimi jac
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid CD
I like to save 5 stars for really complete CDs like El Camino by the Black Keys, but this one has a handful of solid tracks. No regrets.
Published 19 months ago by Schuyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful Howl-ing hits the right chords
IMPORTANT: I had originally purhcased this album upon its release, and sadly, it was lost during my cross-country move. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Tom Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Black Rebel Goes Acoustic
Great album! I'm not a huge fan of Black Rebel's first two albums ("B.R.M.C." and "Take Them On, On Your Own"). However, this is a completely different world from the previous two. Read more
Published on March 13, 2012 by Simon E
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