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Specter At The Feast

March 19, 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Label: Vagrant
  • Copyright: (c) 2013 Abstract Dragon Under exclusive license in North America from Abstract Dragon to Vagrant Records
  • Total Length: 58:42
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 66 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,611 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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BRMC have had their share of highs and lows but they seemed to have bounced back again. "After their 2007′s lukewarm album Baby 81 and the resulting departure of drummer Nick Jago, BRMC were seemingly reinvigorated by new member Leah Shapiro, and came out with a proper return to form in 2010, with " Beat The Devil's Tattoo". That year also saw the passing away of Michael Been , father of guitarist/singer Robert Been and a major contributor to their sound."

Their sound hasn't changed much but they're making an attempt to shake it up a bit. "The slow, sexy crawl of the bass-driven opener "Fire Walker" sets the "welcome to our dismal universe mood", but it's more due to the keyboards in the background, which provide added texture to the otherwise standard BRMC fare."

The live second track, is super cool, "a cover of "Let The Day Begin" originally by Michael Been's former band The Call, there's a very clear, palpable emotional release that comes across immediately, and it serves not only as a beautiful tribute, but a way for them to move forward." This one has an edge to it, pun intended, sounding like a U2 Edge driven song. "Lose Yourself" also has the same edge. The dreamy eight minute finale is a kind of coming-to-terms hymn , a satisfying ending to a fine record.

Cuts like "Lullaby" and "Some Kind of Ghost" slow it down a bit but do play to the band's melodic strengths, and wind up adding to the whole.

This is an enjoyable album, one all fans will relish, although it could do with sounding a bit rougher. I found that with repeated listens this album grows on you, and for other listeners that will truly become the same experience.
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Love the band, first off. They don't have a bum album, including this one.

BRMC tends to fall into 2 camps...bluesy and/or dark. I prefer the bluesy stuff but still do like their darker material, just not as much. Unrelated to the album, I think their darker stuff performed live is a little too drone-y and tough to follow with the wall of guitar sound they produce. I mention this because "most" of the tunes feel more dark on this album, a la "Rifles" than bluesy, a la "Ain't No Easy Way." To each their own, some like it that way, I'm not here to judge people's taste.

I think the weakest parts of the album, while still interesting, are the slower tunes. I'm just not feeling the melodies on those like I have on previous albums.

Hate The Taste, Rival, & Teenage Disease are a really good 3 punch combo of tunes. Also, I think they released 3 extra tunes if you preordered the album: Warning Sign, The Knife, and Angel Baby. I liked "The Knife" the most and wish it were a track on the album.

Anyways, it's a good effort and I'm a harsh grader. My 3's are people's 4's, I'd imagine. I'm still a fan, bought the vinyl and am going to their Fillmore show in SF. The album will please fans but it's certainly not going to change any haters minds and I think this has limited appeal to someone who's never heard of BRMC.
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club released their first album, (the somewhat eponymous) B.R.M.C., over a decade again, and since that time, the band has been hovering just shy of the brink of a breakthrough. The band has always been generally well regarded, but they've never garnered the attention or success that some of their records deserve. Their first album in particular is a gem - a mellow, dark garage-rock revival reminiscent of early Dandy Warhols, Brian Jonestown Massacre, and The Horrors. Follow ups TAKE THEM ON ON YOUR OWN, HOWL and BABY 81 failed to push the band across the brink to mainstream consciousness (at least in the states), but the band retained the same sonic themes. In 2010, the band released BEAT THE DEVIL'S TATTOO, an album that fared better most critically and commercially.

Before I talk about the album though, I'd like to point out what I like about Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. I'm one of the fans that enjoys when the band takes primal garage rock and filters it through a melancholy ambiance. If a song veers too much one way or the other (too much garage rock and not enough atmosphere; too much atmosphere and not enough punch), it kind of loses me. I bring this up now because I know that fans of the band like different things about the band - I'm one of those that enjoys when they balance their themes and walk the line.

In many ways, SPECTER AT THE FEAST is an album that has one eye on the past and one on the future. The band retains the same sound as it generally always has, but the band doesn't seem to strive to recreate scenes from its past either. A notable example is the first single released to promote the album, "Let the Day Begin.
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First things first: I am a long-time fan of the band, which incredibly is now celebrating its 15th anniversary, and with a new album "Spector at the Feast" (14 tracks; 59 min.), the band's 6th studio album. "Spector at the Feast" has not really resonated with me for the same reason that the previous album "Beat the Devil's Tattoo" also missed the mark for me: (1) the album's running time is far too long because (2) there aren't nearly enough truly memorable songs on it. Cut about 15-20 min. of the weakest material from the album and we might have something to work with. It surely is no coincidence that the best moment on the album is a not a new composition but instead a loving cover of The Call's "Let the Day Begin" (1st single), in memory of Robert's dad Michael who passed away in 2010 and was in the Call and later became BRMC's touring sound engineer

"Spector at the Feat" is not a bad album of course, but compared to this, BRMC's first two albums ("B.R.M.C." and "Take Them On, On Your Own") now sound like greatest hits albums. I also thoroughly enjoyed "Howl", which was a radical departure in sound (but not in spirit) from the first two albums. Now it just seems to have become formulaic. Three years have come and gone, and by golly, here's the new album (2007's "Baby 81", which is their last memorable album for me, then 2010 "Beat the Devil's Tattoo, now this).

I have seen BRMC in concert a bunch of times in the earlier years, but my last time was 5 years ago during the Baby 81 tour. This past weekend they headlined one of the stages at the MidPoint Music Festival here in Cincinnati, and I eagerly sought them out. Peter, Robert and Leah put on a great show, playing a lot from the new album of course, but thankfully digging up a couple of very deep nuggets (how about "Screaming Gun", for real!) but sadly only one song ("Spread Your Love") from the debut album. If you have a chance to see them live, do not miss them!
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