Black Rebel Motorcycle Club–Baby 81

Jeff VanderMeer • August 4th, 2007 @ 11:27 am • Music Reviews

I’ve liked Black Rebel Motorcycle Club from the beginning. Their thick guitar sound, slow riffs and progressions, and explosive crescendos were perfect for writing to. Howl might’ve been a break from their previous sound, with its blues and gospel influences, but it wasn’t as clean a break as a lot of reviewers thought.

For their new CD, Baby 81, they’ve gone back to the sound of their first two CDs, but added a few almost Beatlesque touches in their melodies. The production is less deliberately muddy than their first two CDs as well, which creates a slightly different texture. The result is another great CD. Nothing that’s going to convince non-believers, but an excellent CD that rewards repeated listening.

Here’s a video from the CD.


5 Responses to “Black Rebel Motorcycle Club–Baby 81”

  1. Ben Payne says:

    Hi Jeff,

    I agree, I think it’s a great album. And while Howl did differ from its predecessors in some ways, I think there was still a continuity of sound… that psychadelic Beatles-esque sound has always been in the background of their work, I reckon, even if it has often been less prevalent in some of their more publicly successful songs…

  2. Matt Staggs says:

    When are you going to give us the scoop on the new Spoon album?
    Did you already review it and I missed it?

  3. Jeff VanderMeer says:

    I did review it–it’s under Nonfiction — Music on the menu above.

  4. Matt Staggs says:

    Crap. I’m a genius.

  5. Greg Grappone says:

    The band Wolf & Cub is worth checking out. They have a BRMC sound at times. The songs “Kingdom” and “This Mess” on their CD “Vesseles” are great. At least I think so.

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