Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Beat The Devil’s Tattoo (March 5, 2010)
Hey, is it me not catching up big news and events, or is it really you not making much buzz about 6th album of this band, pretty loved by masses? I just don’t dare think that one, and thus take it as me being inattentive rather than people being passive about this LP. Yes, I was inattentive, because I never considered BRMC to be one of my favorite bands, but you – called a fan of them – why don’t you shout at us and complain, huh? This ain’t good, Indiez, you’re too passive; meanwhile I wake up under the tunes of the yummiest song from this album for the second morning in a row.
Beat the Devil’s Tattoo – now we travel through time. Don’t know what your travel is like, but mine is this (using only my imagination, of course): I start by finding myself in West – going through some suspicious places. Haha, okay, I didn’t lose my mind, it’s the lazy guitar strings to blame and those dusty vocals. But then you realize it’s got nothing to do with Wild West at all. In contrary, I consider this song to be the very soul and essence of the album, they’ve somehow managed to leave the prints of all the LP in this one particular song. Maybe you won’t understand anything from listening to it for the first time, because the mood and styles of songs change frequently, but one thing is for sure: you shouldn’t wait for young guys to play rock’n'roll or put too much of drive into the music. Even if some songs don’t lack drive completely, say, Conscience Killer, you can be sure the energy would get smudged so that the picture would eventually be calm and quiet. Seems like it’s all War Machine’s fault, with very lazy melody and dirty, exploding-ears riffs. That’s when the calmness comes, after this song. Evol – realy obvious from the very beginning that this one is about love and kindness – as much as it’s possible in the case of BRMC:
Sure feels like love again
Sure feels like love again
I wanna feel again
Sure feels like love again…
.. and so on.
Hey, is it me not catching up big news and events, or is it really you not making much buzz about 6th album of this band, pretty loved by masses? I just don’t dare think that one, and thus take it as me being inattentive rather than people being
Then comes the active part again – Mama Taught Me Better, a wonderful song with interesting lyrics and memorable riffs. It’s one of those songs that I think should be detached from the rest. BTW, if I’m not mistaken, it had a different title once – It Brings Me Down, which might help you catch the mood better.
River Styx - can’t say anything adequate about it. If you hear it once, you’d like to hear it again, but yet it’s still messed up in a way.
Where’s the kind song again? We’ve got another track to place beside Evol: The Toll. Very beautiful, almost acoustic and “oldie” song, with harmonica and even female vocals. That’s supposedly Leah Shapiro helping guys out and doing it really well. Damn, see what an interesting band BRMC appeared to be? Getting along with a female drummer for two years already, and I thought there’s not much interesting about them! Whatever, if I was to conclude my final opinion about this album, that would be this: it’s as if you’re listening to songs by some good-old-times band. It’s pointed out so well, but then again I myself have troubles thinking of which band it resembles so much. I’d just suggest you sit comfortably before listening to the last tracks.