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.